By Anthony Marshall
Newcastle chiefs expect Andy Carroll to be sidelined for up to another three weeks with a troublesome thigh injury.
The 11-goal front man is yet to kick a ball in anger in 2011 , having been ruled out of the last four games with the knock.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has already made it clear that Carroll is nowhere near fit enough to be considered for selection this weekend against Tottenham at St. James' Park, and revealed today lit could be a further couple of weeks on top of that.
"He is probably doubful for our next game too," explained Pardew on Thursday afternoon.
"It's an injury which is not healing very well. It's nothing new and is the same problem, but it is a kicking muscle so you can't take a chance on it.
"We think it's going to be around two or three weeks from where he is now."
Saturday's opponents Spurs have continually been linked with Carroll, 22, during the January transfer window.
But Pardew firmly reiterated his stance that Newcastle's star striker is going nowhere.
"Andy is not for sale, again," he told the media.
"Every top club would be interested in Andy Carroll. He is a great player, a top striker and has shown his qualities in the first half of the season.
"It is important that when he comes back (from injury) he gets back to that same level.
"But he is not going to Spurs or anywhere else."