Blackburn captain Chris Samba has dealt Steve Kean a blow by revealing he wants to leave the club and the Rovers manager accepts it is unlikely Brazilian star Ronaldinho will be arriving to offer some relief.
Samba was quoted in French newspaper L'Equipe detailing his dissatisfaction with the Venky's ownership regime and his desire to move on, while the audacious move for two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho now looks set to end in failure.
Kean said of a potential move for the Brazilian: "I don't know how likely it is to happen but over the last 24 hours it's become less likely than likely. I'm hearing he may want to go back to Brazil, but I don't know if anybody can afford him there."
Samba, meanwhile, has expressed his dismay at Venky's handling of matters at the club and believes it is now time to leave.
"This is my fifth season here. I've had ups and downs but today I don't want to waste any more time,'' the centre-back told L'Equipe ahead of Rovers' clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.
"New owners have arrived, they have fired the coach (Sam Allardyce) when he saved us from relegation two years ago.
"The least they could have done is come to us and explain their project. They haven't done that, it's a lack of respect. I don't want to be part of it.''
Despite the talk surrounding Samba and Ronaldinho, Kean insists it is two of Liverpool's players who will be dominating his thinking ahead of Wednesday's match.
Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are both expected to be on duty and despite not always firing this term, Kean remains wary.
"Both are quality players and sometimes, just through fatigue or a little bit of lack of form, they have not produced," he said. "But we know what they can produce on their day. If you can stop those two playing it is a big part of their team as they have an almost telepathic connection."