Chancel Mbemba hasn't been included in a Newcastle United squad in well over a month and it seems plausible that his future at St James's Park is on the line.
The 23-year-old started the 3-0 defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup on January 28 and has not been seen or heard from since, in a footballing sense.
With that in mind, you wonder whether the former Anderlecht centre-back - an £8.5 million signing in 2015 - will ever play for Newcastle again.
In truth, the season has never looked all that promising for Mbemba - in central defence at least.
The Congolese powerhouse impressed earlier in the campaign but that was from a left-back role, due to Paul Dummett's absence, but the 26-year-old's return, coupled with the addition of Kenedy, has rendered Mbemba far less important than he once was.
It's a strange move by Benitez because, aside from Jamal Lascelles, Newcastle aren't brimming with quality centre-halves and Mbemba, on his day, is no worse than Ciaran Clark or Florian Lejeuine.
But it looks increasingly likely that Magpies fans won't be reminded of this before the season finishes and unless he comes back in a big way, Benitez is likely to shift him.