Carr op will keep him out

NEWCASTLE full-back Stephen Carr faces another lengthy lay-off after undergoing surgery on his troublesome groin in London today.

Carr – who had undergone a hernia operation back in November – returned against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup earlier this month, but the right-back could not finish last Saturday’s game at Fulham.

And a scan earlier this week revealed he would need further surgery, ruling him out for four to six weeks.It is another blow for manager Graeme Souness, who has revealed he could be without Shola Ameobi for the rest of the season.

Souness – already down to the bare bones but with no money to strength his squad in this month’s transfer window – is hoping Ameobi can be patched up for the rest of the season with the help of a steroid injection, but if his hip injury does not settle down he could need another operation.

NEWCASTLE full-back Stephen Carr faces another lengthy lay-off after undergoing surgery on his troublesome groin in London today.

Carr – who had undergone a hernia operation back in November – returned against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup earlier this month, but the right-back could not finish last Saturday’s game at Fulham.

And a scan earlier this week revealed the former Republic of Ireland international would need further surgery, ruling him out for four to six weeks.

It is another blow for manager Graeme Souness, who has revealed he could be without Shola Ameobi for the rest of the season.

Souness – already down to the bare bones but with no money to strength his squad in this month’s transfer window – is hoping Ameobi can be patched up for the rest of the season with the help of a steroid injection, but if his hip injury does not settle down he could need another operation.

He said: “We’re really concerned about Shola’s injury. The next step is an injection to ease the discomfort. There are two injections he can have, neither of which is guaranteed to work.

“But if they do he should be able to soldier on until the end of the season.”