Toon Striker Misses Everton Visit!

Last updated : 18 February 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

Chris Hughton (talking to the Chronicle): "Andy is very close to coming back.

"We're expecting him to resume full training at the end of this week or the start of next week.

"That's another big plus for us and it gives us more options.

"I think Everton is too soon for him but certainly for the Bolton game away."

Carroll is also in negotiations over a new deal at Newcastle after turning down a five-year offer.

Yet with Carroll under contract for two more seasons at St James's, the talks are ongoing.

United have still not offered fresh deals to youngsters Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Darren Lough, Jonny Godsmark, James Marwood or Callum Morris.