Midfielder Alexander Hleb will not have his loan deal at Wolfsburg extended into the New Year, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.
Hleb joined the Wolves in August on a short-term switch from Barcelona but injuries have restricted him to four appearances.
And with his deal ending on 31st December, Wolfsburg boss Felix Magath has confirmed the 30-year-old will leave over the winter break.
"It's very, very unfortunate," Magath said in a statement.
"I would have gladly exercised the option to keep Alex but with the injury problems he has had we cannot do that.
"If he was 100% fit he would have helped us with his quality."
Hleb was disappointed the move had not worked out and the ex-Arsenal and Birmingham man is now facing an uncertain future as European champions Barcelona have made it clear he does not figure in their plans.
The Belarus international said: "I was looking to getting back to full fitness and reclaim my previous form.
"This setback has hit me hard."