Stephen has missed the opening games of the season with a knee injury, but Glenn feels that once he is back in training the flying full-back’s overall fitness is such that he won’t be out of the picture for long after that.
“Stephen’s got to go another week before we can analyse whether he can start slow training again. That one is in the hands of the specialists at the moment.
“He’s quite a fit boy. He was out six weeks with a stomach problem last season and they tell me he was back within ten days.”
Glenn admits that Stephen’s absence is something of a precautionary measure and only rest will prevent longer term damage.
“Carry could probably play tomorrow. It’s the sort of injury that he’s had for a long time and he has to have rest. He could probably play in the next three or four games, but it’s what it does over a longer period of time — and that’s the major problem at the moment.
“If we got ourselves into absolutely horrendous trouble, injury-wise, then we might have to force that upon him. But I don’t think that will happen and we’re hoping that within the next week or ten days that he can resume light training.”
On the Steffen Iversen front, further examination has revealed that there is no crack on his ankle. Steffen returned from international duty in plaster, suffering a heavy knock playing for Norway against Wales.
“Steffen has had X-rays, and what we thought was a crack in the ankle isn’t a crack, so that’s the good news,” said Glenn. “Unfortunately, he’s still on crutches and we think it’s a capsule problem. It’s good and bad news if you like.
“It’s still going to be three weeks, I would imagine, minimum.”
Glenn was delighted that the three players he took a risk with against Southampton came through and played full throttle even though they were rated about 75 per cent fit. Goran Bunjevcevic, Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton were the major doubts ahead of the game.
“We took a risk, Goran was a bigger risk than anyone. He damaged the ligaments at Everton and they hadn’t recovered. He wanted to play, he wanted to play last week, but he was nowhere near it.
“It shows he is a good character, and he is a good character. He is level headed and wants to play every game.”
Meanwhile, Glenn was pressed after the Southampton game on the subject of Dean Richards.
“We’ve shown our interest, we put and bid on the table and we can’t say anymore than that at the moment,” was Glenn’s response.
Glenn has revealed that Stephen Carr is roughly a week away from beginning light training again, while Steffen Iversen’s ankle injury is not as bad as first imagined.