“Not bad,” he responded to enquiries about his well-being. “It’s my first day back after a little break to get moving a bit again, get in the pool and then take it from there really.
“I got a few days back home in Ireland so it was a nice little break. It’s good to be back now though to get the rehab started. I want to get back as soon as possible.”
The flying-full-back’s travel arrangements caused him to miss out on a spectator’s role at Upton Park, but he was suitably impressed by what he saw on television.
“No I wasn’t at the match, I was flying back so I watched it on telly. Great game, the lads done brilliant and thoroughly deserved to win it. It sets the players and fans up for a cracking semi-final.”
Steffen Iversen took on the Carr-role in the team, but the Irishman does not fear a battle with the Norwegian for his place when fit again.
“Oh no, no it’s hard like,” laughed Stephen. “To be fair he didn’t really get a lot of the ball Steffen. It’s hard for a centre forward to play there but he did a job for the team.”
Carr dismisses the thought that the Cup acts as an incentive for the injured playerws to target an early return and insists that simply shaking off an injury is incentive enough.
“No, because if you ask any player who’s injured they want to get back as soon as possible anyway. It’s not nice being in there (the treatment room) every day. I don’t think you should need an incentive. Obviously it’s nice that we’re in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but I think players are fit when they’re fit.”
Carr is limited to light jogging with the physio at the moment, so how is a player who does not get injured much dealing with limited activity?
“It’s my first time out during the season. It is hard to cope with, but everybody gets their fair share of injuries. Hopefully this will be one of only a few in my career.”
By Richard Hubbard
Stephen Carr has returned to Spurs Lodge after a short holiday to begin his rehabilitation after his hernia operation with a determination to return as soon as possible.