Recovering from a fractured cheekbone, our summer recruit from Red Star Belgrade will watch the final round of qualifying matches with his fingers crossed.
His Yugoslavian team-mates should have few problems in beating a Luxembourg side with a record of played nine, lost nine, scored two, conceded 22 in Group One.
But they need the Faroe Islands to gain a draw of win against unbeaten Slovenia to sneak into the play-offs.
Capped 14 times by Yugoslavia, the cultured defender admitted: “ It’s a bad thing it is not in our hands. If Slovenia beat Faroe Islands we are out.
“But that’s football. You never know. Faroe only lost 1-0 in Russia, we only beat them 2-1 but we need Slovenia to make a big mistake.”
The 27-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck in representing his country since his big move to the Premiership.
“I have now missed four games,” he explained. “The first a friendly because I wanted to prepare for the start of the Premiership, then my ankle was injured so I missed two important games and now I will miss this one!
“It would be great to play in the World Cup Finals. You never know. We’ll have to see what happens.”
Goran Bunjevcevic is praying for a World Cup miracle this weekend.