Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is keen to return to managing his side in the upcoming game against Aston Villa, despite doctors advising him to rest for up to five weeks.
The former West Ham coach had surgery on his heart last week to unblock two coronary arteries, and has missed Spurs’ last two fixtures.
Despite reports that Redknapp could be away from the game for over a month, assistant manager Kevin Bond has admitted that the team’s man in charge is keen to return to action.
“Whatever the doctors say, he needs to take his lead from them,” Bond told Sky Sports News.
“These people know best and he might have to take a little bit longer.
“He’s hoping that he will be back for our next game. I know initially that was his thoughts, that he would be back for the Villa game. If it needs to be longer, he will have to listen to those guys,” he stated.
Bond, along with help from Joe Jordan and Clive Allen, led Tottenham to their seventh win in eight games in the 3-1 win over Fulham on Sunday and the coaching staff are ready to deputise if Redknapp needs more recovery time.
“That’s what Joe, myself and Clive and the other members of the coaching staff will do.
“We will try and keep it going. Hopefully Harry will be back for our next game, but if he’s not we will take our lead from him and try to do things in the same way as we always have done before.
“The players know what is expected from them and all we will try to do is to keep things going as sweetly as we can do until Harry returns,” he concluded.