CARR TAKES OP TO MAKE WORLD CUP DREAM
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Republic of Ireland international, who has not played at all this season because of the injury, went under the knife in America in a bid to cure the problem.
The full back visited top knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman, who has operated on Alan Shearer and Liverpool duo Jamie Redknapp and Patrik Berger in the past, after growing frustrated at the lack of progress his injury was making.
Carr is hopeful of being back in action in the New Year as he wants to prove his fitness so that he can keep his place in the Republic of Ireland team for the World Cup finals, should they qualify.
"Ten days ago I took the decision to fly out to see the surgeon Dr Steadman," Carr told his official website. "I was getting more and more frustrated with the lack of progress with the knee injury and for my own sanity I had to get another opinion why the problem wasn't responding to treatment.
"Breaking down in training when you don't even know why is one of the worst things a footballer can experience.
"Throughout all this I've had next year's World Cup finals in my sights and I'd be lying if I said the thought of missing out hadn't crossed my mind.
"It was bad enough not being able to play a part in last month's win over Holland, which guaranteed us a play-off place at worst, so even the faintest possibility of not being in contention for selection for the finals themselves would have been unthinkable.
"Like any other player, I have always dreamed of playing in the World Cup and that's why I had to go to America now rather than a few months down the line when it could have been too late.
"I hope to be back by the new year but all I can really do now is wait and see. It's going to be a hard slog getting back to full fitness but the silver lining is that I'm now confident the problem has at least been identified and is finally on the mend," added Carr.