Ghana striker Junior Agogo will miss the World Cup after undergoing knee surgery.
Ghana's Football Association says the 30-year-old Agogo, who plays for Apollon Limassol in Cyprus, will be out of action for six months.
Agogo missed the African Cup of Nations in Angola earlier this year because coach Milovan Rajevac said he was not fit enough. Ghana lost to Egypt in the final.
The forward, who has also played for Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids in the MLS, starred at the 2008 African Cup in Ghana, scoring the winner in the quarter-finals against Nigeria and three goals overall for the tournament as the hosts finished third.
Since then, Agogo has struggled with injuries.