Since signing for Barcelona from Sevilla, Aleix Vidal has been unable to live up to the expectation he would displace Dani Alves as right-back.
The Brazilian left the Catalan side this summer as he moved to Juventus, but the 20 million signing has been beaten to the post by Sergi Roberto.
Vidal has not played since mid-September, and was originally thought to be in the plans of Luis Enrique and Robert Fernandez, since the 27-year-old was originally given an opportunity in March, but had been unable to dislodge Alves.
As such, hope appears to be dimming as Barcelona begin their search for a new right-back in the upcoming January transfer window.
The club spent a lot of money on a central defender, a left-back, two central midfielders, a goalkeeper and a striker, but a back-up right-back is now a necessity and a thin point in the squad.
Luis Enrique has persisted with the Catalan, giving him a new opportunity in the pre-season, but Vidal has now gone two months without playing and looks set to leave in January.