Bastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of Manchester United's Europa League squad. The out-of-favour German was recently named in their 25-man Premier League squad, but has been omitted from their European roster by manager José Mourinho.
Schweinsteiger, 32, has trained alone or with the under-23s team since the start of the season and has been told he is free to leave the Old Trafford club.
The World Cup-winning star retired from international football this week and was offered a glimmer of hope that he could resurrect his career at United when he was included in their Premier League squad.
However, he has now suffered another setback, with Mourinho opting for youngsters like Axel Tuanzebe instead of Schweinsteiger in United's 27-man Europa League squad.
Mourinho recently admitted it would be difficult for Schweinsteiger to ever play for United again.
"We have five players for two positions. It's very difficult that an opportunity will arrive," the United manager explained, according to the BBC.
But Mourinho also admitted he had "no problem" if Schweinsteiger chose to stay at the club despite not playing for the first team.
"I cannot answer for him. It's his life. It's his career," he explained. "He has a contract and has the right to make that decision to stay. That's not a problem for us."
United start their Europa League campaign against Feyenoord on 15 September. The Reds have been drawn in Group A, which also features Turkey's Fenerbahce and Zorya of Ukraine.