Shkodran Mustafi's disastrous spell at Schalke has gone from bad to worse after the Arsenal flop was axed from the squad entirely.
The German centre-half joined the Bundesliga's bottom club on a short-term deal until the end of the season in January but has been unable to help improve his new club's form.
Since Mustafi's arrival, Schalke have lost four and drawn two of their six games, conceding 16 goals in the process.
They have also appointed their fifth manager of the season after the sacking of Christian Gross – a record for a Bundesliga club.
Unfortunately for Mustafi, new boss Dimitrios Grammozis appears to have taken a dislike to the 28-year-old World Cup winner.
Mustafi has been axed from the matchday squad for Schalke's next match because of 'sporting reasons.'
Explaining his absence, Schalke tweeted: "Shkodran Mustafi is not in the squad for sporting reasons today.
"William is also not included for disciplinary reasons. Both players will have the chance to impress again in training next week."
The centre-half's absence is unlikely to affect Schalke too much, with the club bottom of the table on 10 points.
It's a dramatic fall from grace for the The Royal Blues, who finished runners-up to Bayern Munich in 2018.
Relegation to Bundesliga 2. for the first time since 1991 appears inevitable barring an end of season miracle.
Once their demotion is confirmed, Mustafi is unlikely to hang around.
The German centre-half joined the club on a short-term deal from Arsenal which is up at the end of the season.
At 28, Mustafi is entering the peak age for a defender, but it's difficult to see where he goes next.
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Although he's a World Cup winner, the former Arsenal man has underperformed ever since his move to the Emirates.
A move back to England is a possibility, although Mustafi may prefer to remain on the continent.
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