Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is resigned to returning Franco di Santo to Chelsea in January when his loan move ends.
Allardyce believes their league rivals will require the Argentinian's services with a number of players away on African Nations Cup duty. Chelsea are not in a position to go into the market as things stand either because of FIFA's transfer ban, which they intend to appeal against.
On the possibility of Di Santo staying, Allardyce said: "I do not think that there is any real chance of that."
He added: "There is a transfer ban on Chelsea and with the African Nations coming up they will probably need him.
"Di Santo was terrific - he is a young man learning his trade. He has finally got a chance to start some games and he has grasped it.
Di Santo, 20, confirmed his progress with his first goal for Blackburn in the 3-2 derby victory against Burnley at Ewood Park.
David Dunn and Pascal Chimbonda were also on target while Robbie Blake and substitute Chris Eagles replied for the visitors.
Allardyce continued: "What pleased me was the lay-off for Dunny's goal. He will take confidence as well from his first goal in the Premier League. If he can continue to play like this it will be good for us and Chelsea."
Burnley manager Owen Coyle complained to referee Chris Foy after the game about Di Santo's goal as he felt goalkeeper Brian Jensen had been obstructed.
Coyle said: "I was convinced that Di Santo had moved into Stephen Jordan and did enough to put Brian off. That was my initial thought and you won't convince me otherwise."