Our flying full-back has been out since December but is on the road to recovery after a hernia operation at the start of the month.
In normal circumstances he would be with Mick McCarthy’s men for World Cup qualifying matches in Cyprus — a 4-0 win on Saturday - and in Barcelona against Andorra on Wednesday.
Instead, he’s had to watch from long distance. Stephen said: “I got a run in the team and it took a long time to do that. Now, to be missing out on World Cup qualifying matches, not saying that I would be playing but I’m sure I would have been in contention, is very disappointing.
“It is a great experience to play in World Cup qualifiers and there is a great buzz around the Irish camp at the moment.
“But this is where my bread and butter is and I have to get back playing again.”
The 24-year-old was naturally delighted with Saturday’s 4-0 success as he suggests that the results against the so-called minnows of the group are arguably more important than Portugal and Holland.
He added: “Hopefully the lads will get another good result because if we want to get to the World Cup these games are more important than Holland and Portugal. More often than not Holland and Portugal will beat these teams so you have to as well.
“Against the likes of Cyprus and Andorra you are going into unknown territory where there is no pressure on them, they can just play off the cuff.
“The Irish lads are playing well and there is a lot of confidence from what we did against Holland and Portugal. So there is no reason why we shouldn’t get another result against Andorra.”
Stephen Carr is desperately disappointed to miss out on World Cup duty with Ireland this week but insists his focus is all about pulling a Spurs shirt on again.