The days are ticking by and Heurelho Gomes hasn't heard a thing. No hint, no inkling, no wink of reassurance about a decision that has been taken as a foregone conclusion up in the clouds.
'There are 11 of them coming on planes,' he tells Sportsmail. 'That is six brothers and four sisters. And my mum, she is coming too.
'They are flying here from Brazil. The only one who is not is one of my brothers. He cannot make it, but the rest, they are coming. And they all expect me to play. Me?