With news that Stephen Carr faces another six-months on the sidelines following knee surgery, many fans must now be wondering whether they will see the 35-year-old full-back kick another ball in anger at St Andrew’s.
Despite signing a twelve-month contract in the summer, Carr has not featured for Blues since January due to injury and on his return to fitness broke down again during the clubs pre-season friendly against Royal Antwerp.
Speaking to radio WM manager Lee Clark said: “It’s a massive blow for him as he’s worked ever so hard to get back – and for me.
“It’s not just because he’s the captain and a fantastic leader, but also because he’s still a terrific player, who is an example to the others.
“He’s had ongoing problems with his knee, with a cartilage problem.
“Then, just when he was on the verge of making a comeback, he picked up a thigh strain against Antwerp – and, having opened him up, they found quite a bit of damage.
“He’s now had surgery, which will keep him out for a minimum of six months.”
Carr, who has represented the Republic of Ireland 44 times, came out of retirement to sign for Birmingham in 2009. He had quit the game two months previously following a series of injuries whilst at Newcastle United.
He has since made 121 appearances for Blues over the following seasons, but must now be wondering whether he has come to the end of the road.