As the weeks pass, Bastian Schweinsteiger edges closer and closer to finally ending his torture at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.
The former Bayern Munich star hasn't featured for his club in the Premier League this season and has only just returned to training with the first team.
The latest man to express his sympathies for the ostracised German is international teammate and Dortmund forwardAndre Schurrle, who has spoken of how he's been in touch with his friend, who he has great respect for.
"I'm in touch with him" Schurrle saidto Manchester Evening News.
"With Mourinho, name does not matter. Unfortunately it's hard for Basti, who for me is a great idol."
Schweinsteiger won the World Cup alongside Schurrle in 2014, and the 32-year-old is considered one of Germany's best ever players.
He was brought into Manchester United with the intention of benefitting Louis Van Gaal's philosophy, but the sacking of the Dutch manager last summer hasalso seeminglyspelled the end for Schweinsteiger.
Van Gaal, who was axed from his post on the day of his biggest triumph at Manchester United when he won them the FA Cup, was replaced by mercurial Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.
Schweinsteiger has yetto play a role in Mourinho's plans to make United great again and has been overlooked in favour ofMarouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and world-record signingPaul Pogba. It now seems very unlikely that the German will feature for Manchester United everagain.
Most fans around the globe hope that he can finally free himself from his footballing imprisonment soon.