Carr reveals injury frustration
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle defender Stephen Carr is hoping he has finally overcome his injury problems.Newcastle defender Stephen Carr is hoping he has finally overcome his injury problems.
The former Republic of Ireland international made his comeback from injury in last weekend's FA Cup win over Mansfield after two months out of action.
Carr underwent a hernia operation in November and he was expected to be back playing before last weekend.
Reports suggested Carr had fallen out with Newcastle boss Graeme Souness over his injury problems, but Souness denied the rumours.
Carr admitted he was frustrated to be sidelined for so long and is looking forward to the rest of the campaign.
"The injury has been a nightmare," Carr told the club's official website.
"I had the hernia op and felt good after that. But then I tore a muscle on my right side, so that was a killer for me.
"That was harder to heal than the hernia, and it was frustrating to miss so many matches.
"The fans were probably thinking `It's only a hernia, why's he still out?', but it was a problem on top of that has set me back.
"It's happened to me twice now, with two reasonably long-term injuries which have kept me out for about three months.
"Last season I had the knee problem; then this time it has been the hernia and the muscle problem. I'm hoping that's the end of my bad luck, fingers crossed.
"I hope the problems are behind me now."
Meanwhile, former Newcastle star Laurent Robert began his Benfica career in style with a goal on his debut.
Robert, who joined the Portuguese champions earlier this month, scored in the 2-0 win over Tourizense in the Portuguese Cup.