Thankfully for Spurs fans the news is good as far as Sunday’s big Premiership clash against Liverpool is concerned — Carr only withdrew as a precaution and will line-up against the resurgent Anfield outfit at the Lane.
Our current Player of the Year told the official Spurs website from Dublin: "It’s just a little tweak in my calf. It’s not 100 per cent. I could have played for Ireland but I didn’t want to take the risk of making it worse.
"It might have been a different story if it was a qualifying match and there were points at stake but much as it would have meant to win another cap and gain more international experience it wouldn’t be right to risk it in a friendly.
"Mick McCarthy has been brilliant about it and at the end of the day we’ve a quality squad of players and it just means someone else coming in and doing a job. I am disappointed but this was the right thing to do."
Irish boss McCarthy said: "Steve would have played if we badly needed him but, without wishing to demean a friendly match, we have a duty to his club who have an important match next Sunday."
Stephen Carr has put club before country after an injury scare. The full-back pulled out of the Republic of Ireland’s Wednesday night friendly against Finland after feeling a twinge in his calf.