Hughton's been promised that financial resources are available for him to sign at least one new player in January irrespective of the outcome of Carroll's trial.
The England Under-21 star faces a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on October 25.
However, owner Mike Ashley is determined that the club's future - no matter what verdict is delivered - will be safeguarded by having an alternative strategy.
The Sunday Mirror says word inside St James' is that possible temporary back-up for Carroll is already on the boardroom radar even if that is in the shape of a loan signing.
Hughton said: "Ideally, we would have liked the trial out of the way sooner than October. But we will continue to support Andy."