FERNANDO Brandan has been let go by Melbourne City.
The dogged attacking winger suffered a serious knee injury at training in March, which required a knee reconstruction and has kept him sidelined ever since.
Brandan appeared on target to complete a quicker than expected recovery and has been inching slowly towards full fitness, even playing minutes in a behind closed doors trial for a City XI in October.
But speculation has been rife for some time that the Argentine was not in new coach Warren Joyce's plans.
It has also been suggested that Brandan has failed to impress coaching staff on the training track in recent times.
Joyce refused to guarantee the 27-year-old's future when pressed on the subject at a recent press conference.
"I think he's got to get 100 per cent fit first, then you assess him,” Joyce said.
"You can't assess people when they're only part fit or they're not showing what other people have said they've shown in the past.
"He's not showing what he's shown in the past here.”
Brandan's dumping frees a visa spot for City to use in the January transfer window, with an attacking player likely to be sought given that Bruno Fornaroli (ankle) remains sidelined and Ross McCormack's future at the club is clouded.
Brandan was signed prior to the start of last season on a two-year loan deal from top flight Argentine side Club Atletico Temperley.
The fan favourite played 19 games for City and scored three goals before his injury.
He will return to Temperley this week.
It is understood the club is keen to welcome Brandan back into the fray.
In a statement City described Brandan's departure as a "mutual termination” of his contract.
"We would like to thank Fernando for his contribution to our club and wish him and his family all the very best,” City said.