Monday will be Essam El-Hadary's last opportunity to enter the World Cup record books by becoming the oldest player to compete at the finals but there is a hiccup.
The Egypt goalkeeper, usually the captain of his team, is by no means sure of getting an opportunity in their last game at the tournament against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd.
Both Arabic-speaking nations have been eliminated, making the Group A clash a dead rubber but whether coach Hector Cuper sees the opportunity for a sentimental gesture or not remains to be seen after leaving El-Hadary out of the previous two games.
Cuper has given no hints in the build-up to the last match while El-Hadary has stewed on the bench during the defeats against Uruguay and Russia.
If he plays he can easily beat the record of Colombia’s Faryd Mondragn. (Reuters)
"I’m always focused on constantly developing. I won't let anything stop me," said Essam El-Hadary.