The long voyage from Russia to Brazil forced Socceroo Luke Wilkshire to miss tomorrow's friendly with the five-time World Cup winners.
Despite playing in club side Dynamo Moscow's 1-1 draw with FC Rostov last Sunday, Socceroos coach Holger Osieck was quick to rule out his regular right back after an existing knee injury flared up mid air.
"He got there and was there for about eight hours and then he was back on three planes again on the way home," Wilkshire's father, Mark, said.
"After finishing the game on Sunday he said he could feel it but said it was all right.
"I guess the altitude and everything made it swell up between leaving Russia and getting to Brazil.
"It is a fair trip, apparently, from Russia but luckily he can just rest now," Mark Wilkshire said.
Though the injury isn't considered a long-term problem, it was deemed bad enough to stop Wilkshire from meeting Brazil for a second time.
He was a member of the Australian side who lost 2-0 to Brazil at the 2006 World Cup, and had been keen to add to his 77 national caps.
"Luke is very disappointed about it," his father said.
"He was extremely looking forward to it; he played them once before in the first World Cup. He always wants to play for his country - it doesn't matter who he is playing really. It is rare he ever knocks them back - well he doesn't."
Wilkshire joins Tim Cahill on the sidelines for tomorrow's friendly after an ankle injury forced the striker to withdraw.
The match will kick-off on Sunday, 5.15am (AEST).