Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa will miss the World Cup finals as he needs further surgery on his injured knee.
The 27-year-old right-back was sidelined in November after initial surgery, but the prognosis was that he would return in three months.
Now four months on, and with no sign of a return, Chelsea have confirmed that Bosingwa will miss the rest of their Premier League campaign and also the World Cup.
"Bosingwa will be out for the season and have another operation, so that's him unfortunately, and he'll miss the World Cup as well," said Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins.
On the club's other injury victims, Wilkins says Michael Essien, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech are all progressing well.
"Michael Essien is doing well, there has been a slight complication which means it needs a couple of weeks longer but he's out [in France] with Ashley [Cole] now and they're both doing extremely well, so from that point of view we're delighted with their recovery," he continued.
'It's difficult to give a timescale but hopefully he'll be fit as soon as possible because when we lose players of that quality it is damning on any side.
"Petr [Cech] is also doing very well indeed, he was doing some half-squats yesterday in the water, and he's coming on very well."