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Keano on Carr's return

Posted on 28 August 2009  - 12:00

Robbie Keane says he's delighted at the prospect of seeing his friend and former team-mate Stephen Carr back at the Lane on Saturday.

Keano on Carr's return

Robbie Keane says he's delighted at the prospect of seeing his friend and former team-mate Stephen Carr back at the Lane on Saturday.

The full-back returned to action at Birmingham City in February after a short spell in retirement and helped the Blues return to the Premier League.

His performances earned a new two-year deal at St Andrews and two weeks into the new season, he finds himself back where it all started - on his 33rd birthday.

The former Republic of Ireland international kicked-off his career at Spurs as a trainee back in 1992.

He made his debut in a League Cup game as a 17-year-old in 1993 before eventually making the right-back spot his own in the 1996-97 season.

Carr's golden spell was between 1999-2001 when he was named our Player of the Year twice in succession and earned a place in the PFA Team of the Season. He scored some memorable goals as well - not least a 35-yard screamer against United in October, 1999, a striker that is often in best goal countdowns.

He moved to Newcastle in 2004 and played another 100 games but had his problems with injuries and eventually chose to retire in December.

However, Alex McGleish persuaded him out of retirement last February and Carr went on to play a key role in the Blues' promotion.

Keane, Carr

"It's fantastic to see him playing again," said Robbie. "He retired but was then eager to get back in again.

"He was unfortunate at Newcastle with a lot of injuries and when you are out of the game for a while, people tend to forget about you. Luckily Birmingham took him on and he's been fantastic for them.

"We all know how good he is and it will be good to see him again on Saturday.

"He was a great servant to Tottenham, a great player here and all the fans always ask me about him.

"At the peak of his career I don't think anyone was better. He was quick, a great defender and had great quality going forward. He had everything."

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