8. KATE GILL

Team: Australia
Although Gill, the reigning AFC Player of the Year, secured Australia's World Cup berth by scoring the winning goal in the Asian Cup versus Japan last year, she tore a ligament playing for her regular team, Linköpings FC, just prior to the tournament. Gill, a striker who ranks just behind Cheryl Salisbury as Australia's all-time highest goal scorer (with 32 goals), forfeited her spot for surgery and unfortunately watched as her team fell to Brazil.