Ricky Alvarez's nightmare could soon come to an end, as he is close to signing for a new club.
The Argentine has been unable to play this season because of a legal wrangle between Sunderland and Inter Milan.
Inter loaned him to Sunderland last season, and insisted a Black Cats' clause to buy him was binding, but the Premier League side disputed this, and had no desire to buy him for the stipulated price.
The matter was referred to FIFA, and as the Sunderland Echo reported at the weekend, it is still ongoing with FIFA yet to make a decision.
Alvarez is still hoping to play soon, and has even undergone a medical with Mexican side Club America.
Mexican outlet Record report Alvarez was at the club's training facilities at the weekend, for the team doctors to assess his knee, which over the team had held concerns.
For now he has returned to his native Argentina, but is hoping to sign in time for the 2016 Clausura season.
Alvarez played 13 times for Sunderland, and has nine caps and one goal for Argentina.