As the World Cup gets underway, England's chances of victory hinge on its players remaining injury-free at the end of a gruelling domestic season.
The fitness of every member of Fabio Capello's squad is under national scrutiny. And even so we've been pretty unlucky so far...
There's been David Beckham's ruptured Achilles tendon, Wayne Rooney's ankle and groin problems, and Ledley King's long-running knee injury and let's not talk about Rio!
With so many super-fit footballers falling victim to a catalogue of physical problems, what hope of avoiding injury is there for ordinary people who play the odd game of football, go running occasionally or try to keep fit in the gym?
Of course, footballers' bodies are put under far more strain than 'weekend athletes', but these players also are at the peak of physical fitness, and still succumb to injury.
While Rooney, and King - whose knee didn't cause any problems when he scored in England's 3-1 win against Mexico in the pre-World Cup warm up game - have so far proved fit to play in South Africa, Beckham and Rio have been conclusively ruled out, and Gareth Barry, who has an ankle ligament injury, is being carefully monitored by Fabio's team.