Andy Carroll has not played since Newcastle's 2-0 defeat by Tottenham on 28 December, and he won't be ready for the weekend, either. Kenny Dalglish: "He is close to full training. I don't think he's quite ready for a game yet. "Andy's progress has been exactly what we'd anticipated. "He's still got a bit to go before he'll be considered for a match. "Andy has been involved with the lads for parts of the training but there's no need to get carried away, there's not going to be a surprise announcement that he's playing at the weekend. "He has done very well. The first day he signed we said we would be patient with him and we will continue to do that. For us, he has done everything that has been asked of him."