Crystal Palace boss George Burley remains hopeful of signing striker James Vaughan on a permanent basis from Everton.
Vaughan made his final appearance of a three-month loan spell at Palace in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hull City, but he was forced off early in the second half after picking up an injury.
The 22-year-old scored five goals in 14 Championship appearances for Palace and is waiting to learn if he has a future back at Everton.
He has previously admitted he would be prepared to return to Selhurst Park and would not be put off by the club's position in the relegation zone.
Burley acknowledged the Eagles will miss Vaughan's contribution and will continue his attempts to sign the forward permanently.
"There is a chance we could bring him back in January but that's between the clubs and James himself," said Burley. "I've had a chat with him.
"There's a lot of bridges to cross before we get him permanently.
"James Vaughan is going to be badly missed. We were trying to bring in a striker before the deadline last month but we weren't able to do that."