Just like his old Borussia Dortmund colleague Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan has been unlucky enough to miss both the last World Cup, which Germany won, and the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament.
Despite being 25 years of age and one of his country's best players, injuries have restricted Gundogan to a total of 16 appearances for Germany. Nevertheless, the midfielder has written an open letter to his national teammates, and it's been published in this week's edition of SportBild.
Along with all the expected stuff about him being sorry he can't go to France, and reassuring the nation he'll be cheering on Germany with some gusto, Gundogan shares a little interesting update for Manchester City fans.
Explaining that his surgery went well, and he's started rehabilitation, Gundogan added: "I'm going to step on the gas, so that I can again be on the pitch as soon as possible and again allowed to wear the DFB jersey."
More important than Gundogan stepping on the gas and getting back on the pitch, the footballer also told his teammates that they're a perfect example of integration.
Gundogan referred to the terrorist attacks in Paris and said: "I wholeheartedly hope that the next few weeks will help bring Europe even closer together."
We can all agree with that Ilkay.