Steve suffered 14 months of injury heartbreak between August 2001 and October 2002.
A knee injury ruled him out of the 2001-02 campaign, including last summer's World Cup, and a hamstring tear on the opening day at Everton sidelined him for another two months.
But he's played very game since returning against Bolton in October and earned his first Irish cap for almost two years against Scotland last week.
Chris, now assistant boss at Ireland as well as Steve's coach as Spurs, knows the 26-year-old as well as anyone.
And he said: "I think everyone in the squad felt for him during his period out of the squad and of course missed him because of the quality of player he is.
"If you look at the consistency of performance he was putting together before the injuries he is slowly but surely getting back to that.
"It was very pleasing for him to be back in the fold and he played very well on Wednesday night."
Meanwhile, Chris thoroughly enjoyed his first get together in his new role.
He reflected: "It was our first opportunity to meet the players and we got together on Sunday, had a warm down with the lads who had played on the Saturday and of course the good few days went into the result against Scotland, a very good result for us
"The main difference is the preparation and the time you get for that preparation.
"With regards to general tactics there is acertain amount you can do with the players when you only have them for a couple of days before a game. To be honest, you are conscious of putting too much into their minds
"Where we're fortunate is the group of lads we've got have played for a while now, they did very, very well with Mick McCarthy at the World Cup in the summer and generally the system hasn't change too much."
Look out for interviews with Stephen this week...
Chris Hughton believes Stephen Carr is returning to the form that made him arguably the best full-back in the Premiership.