Rotherham United will be without Kari Arnason for their trip to Stevenage this weekend - but by Saturday, the Iceland man may be one step closer to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
For Copacabana beach may as well be a million miles away from Rotherham - but for Arnason, only a two-legged play-off against Croatia seperates him, and his Iceland team-mates, from their first ever appearance on the World Cup stage.
“Going to Brazil started as a distant dream,” Arnason said.
“You try never to let your head go there because we are massive underdogs in the play-offs.
“But, of course, it’s something I have thought about every day.
“When it’s raining and cold in Rotherham, it seems a world away!
“I imagine what it would be like in Brazil and it’s something I have never experienced; playing at that level, the atmosphere of Brazil.”
Arnason, who missed Tuesday’s JPT tie at Hartlepool, warmed up for Iceland’s crunch clash in Rotherham’s 3-0 FA Cup first round win over Bradford last Saturday.
“It’s some contrast, for sure!” he smiles.
“Rotherham is not the richest area in England, and League One is a long way from the World Cup. But you deal with what you’ve been dealt.”
Iceland face Croatia in Reykjavik on Friday.
“On behalf of everyone at Rotherham United I would like to wish Kari every success in Iceland’s World Cup qualifier with Croatia,” Millers boss Steve Evans, who expects to have Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Connor available, said.
“Once again our resources will be stretched but that creates big opportunities for others.”
David Worrall is nearing a comeback. The winger was laid low with a groin injury after arriving from Bury in the summer, and has also recently picked up a virus.
Claude Davis, who was on the bench against Bradford, is also available for selection after injury.
Rotherham travel to Stevenage placed tenth in the League One table, without a league win in five games.
Stevenage, meanwhile, climbed to 19th after two wins in their last three games.
Alex Revell is expected to once again lead the line for the Millers, after breaking his goal draught against Bradford.