Stephen Carr is back again from another of his injuries, as he played the full game last night in Newcastle Reserveâ€™s 3-1 defeat against Sunderland at Kingston Park.
Stephen Carr – back again from his latest injury
His latest injury was a hamstring strain and Sam Allardyce admitted the right-backâ€™s recovery had come at the right time, with Habib Beye having just left for the African Cup of Nations.
â€œItâ€™s great timing to have Stephen Carr back as Habib Beye has gone away for the African Cup of Nations.â€ â€œStephen is a very experienced player and it will be good to have him back in the first-team picture.â€â€œHe needs to work on his match fitness, but that is why the reserve team games are important to us. We will have a look at him over the next few days and then decide whether he plays against Manchester United.â€
Stephenâ€™s contract runs out in June and we had thought that Sam may want to try to get some small fee for the player in January. But that doesnâ€™t look to be the case, unless of course an offer comes in for the Irishman.
But to fair to Stephen he seems to play quite well for Big Sam, but of course heâ€™s nowhere near the class of Habib Beye, who will be holding down the right back spot for a few seasons at Newcastle.
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