We are now just five days away from finally kicking off the 2014 World Cup, but preparations for a South American showpiece four years in the making have recently been marred by injuries to stars who has the potential to light up the tournament and etch their names into football folklore.
Most recently Germany forward Marco Reus was the latest key man to be ruled out thanks to a gruesome ankle injury, joining the likes of Franck Ribery and Radamel Falcao in heartbreakingly being forced to miss a massive chance to underline their credentials on the biggest platform possible.
Germany and France coaches Joachim Low and Didier Deschamps must both be devastated that preparations for the World Cup have been disrupted to close to Thursday's kickoff, but is the absence of several top players down to a crippling workload at club level?
As national team managers sweat on the fitness of pivotal figures GMS has decided to look at the eight men still booked on the plane to Brazil that have played more minutes than any other since the 2010 World Cup finished, stars that will need to managed very carefully this summer or risk burnout affecting their chances of delivering credible performances?
Click ahead to look at some of the staggering statistics which prove Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and co. are swimming against the tide in terms of giving their very best with the pressure on at world football's biggest party.
*The statistics used to provide this survey were put together by the clever people at football stats haven WhoScored.com as part of their extensive World Cup build-up.
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