Our outstanding wing-back and current Player of the Year is on the road to recovery after a hernia operation just over a fortnight ago.
As is always the case with injured stars, targets are talked about. Naturally, one particular date shines like a beacon for Stephen - the semi-final final at Old Trafford on Sunday April 8 - but he is determined not to let the possibility of playing in that fixture cloud his judgement on when he is ready.
He revealed: "At the moment things are going quite well. I'm back running, upping the pace a little and hopefully in the next few days I'll try to get a bit sharper and see how I feel for doing that.
"Obviously we've two derby games, one in the league, one in the FA Cup and they are unbelievable games to play in.
"But I can't afford to rush it because those games are coming up - I have to take it as it comes. That is the real test. I have to keep it in my head that there will be more big games at the club and I don't want to rush back.
"If I'm back for the semi-final then great, it is a massive game for the fans, the club, the players, everyone, but the important thing is not to get carried away.
"I've missed out on all the games in the FA Cup and this will be the biggest. It is like a final for the fans. The atmosphere will be scary and everyone wants to play in these games.
"The horrible side of it is to think what would it be like if we were to lose that game but we just don't think like that, we think about the rewards if we win it and that would be great.
"It will be very difficult, they are a very good team but if we continue to play like we have in the cup there is no reason why we can't beat them.
"Of course it would be great to be in the squad but although it is going well at the moment, tomorrow could bring a setback."
The 24-year-old Irish international has suffered enough setbacks since first suffering from pain in his groin area in late December. He returned in February at Manchester City but didn't feel right and further examinations revealed a hernia.
He added: "This is my first serious injury during a season and it's disappointing, a real setback, but you have these disappointments in your career and to be fair, mine have been few and far between, so I can't complain.
"There is a healing process after an operation and you have to give it time to heal properly.
"As soon as you can you have to get mobile on it to stop it going stiff. I'm moving as well as I should be at this stage so I'm quite happy with it.
"Ask any player, when you are going around in pain and you don't really know what is wrong it can be very frustrating. Once I knew what the problem was I got it sorted out and things have gone as well as expected so far."
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Stephen Carr is trying to resist the lure of our FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal as he battles back to full fitness.