Crosby's return in doctors' hands

Sidelined with a concussion, Sidney Crosby skates during a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey practice at...

Sidelined with a concussion, Sidney Crosby skates during a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Friday, October 7, 2011. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:09 PM ET

The wait goes on.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in games Friday night at home against the Dallas Stars or on the road Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday.

Crosby has been out since Jan. 5 with a concussion but has been practising hard this week and Bylsma said the date for his return is in the hands of the club's medical staff. He said there is no timetable.

"From a coach's standpoint, we're not looking for some indicator on the ice that Sidney can play," Bylsma told reporters after practice Thursday. "From a medical standpoint -- in terms of clearance, the next steps, progression -- that's all from the doctors' directive."

Penguins general manager Ray Shero had said he wants Crosby's return to be in Pittsburgh. The Penguins return home for a game next Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Crosby was leading the league with 32 goals and 66 points in 41 games last season when he was lost after taking hits to the head in successive games.

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