Di Santo extends Rovers loan spell

The 20-year-old joined Sam Allardyce’s side in August on an initial

deal until January and will now remain at Ewood Park until the

conclusion of the campaign.

Di Santo has made 15 Premier League appearances for Rovers,

but has contributed just one goal to date in the victory over local

rivals Burnley.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti will be without strikers Didier

Drogba and Salomon Kalou during January due to the African Cup of

Nations, but has decided against recalling the Argentinian forward.

Di Santo will now hope to help Rovers improve their

disappointing goals tally, with Allardyce’s troops averaging just

one goal a game.

Blackburn, who have not won in their last six matches, are

just three points above the Premier League relegation places.

A statement on Chelsea’s official website read: “Franco Di

Santo’s loan spell at Blackburn Rovers has been extended until the

end of the season.”