Alberto De La Bella has been left out of the Olympiakos squad to travel to Belgrade as he closes in on a return to Real Sociedad.
According to Marca, the 31-year-old will return to Anoeta this week to replace Yuri Berchiche, who joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.
The left-back agreed a two-season loan move to the Greek champions last summer but now looks set to cut this short halfway through and return to the Basque club.
Berchiche’s €16m move to PSG has left a vacancy in the club’s first team squad and De La Bella is expected to fill it, and won’t take on Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League qualifier.
Having spent seven seasons in La Real’s team, making 172 league appearances for the club, the full-back underwhelmed in Greece last season and the club are said to be open to an early termination of his loan.