Redknapp on the verge of a return

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has stated that he hopes to return to football for the White Hart Lane outfit’s next fixture against Aston Villa, and is confident of being involved again earlier than predicted.

The Spurs boss underwent surgery to unblock two coronary arteries, and has missed his side’s games against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League and Fulham in the Premier League after the procedure.

Despite being advised to take an extended layoff of up to five weeks to recover, Redknapp has the game against Villa in his sights.

“In an ideal world I would like to be back for the game against Aston Villa next weekend but it would be unfair of me to say whether I will or won’t at this stage,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

“I’ll have to speak to the specialist this week, get his thoughts on it and take it from there.

“Obviously it’s extremely frustrating staying away and being stuck at home and, as much as I’m anxious to come back, it wouldn’t be fair to disrespect the specialist who is advising me.

“I’m fairly confident I will return earlier than they anticipated,” he stated.

Assistant manager Kevin Bond, Joe Jordan and Clive Allen have been in charge of the North London team in Redknapp’s absence, and there has been constant communication despite the fact that the sick trainer is supposed to be resting.

“I speak to them every day and things are ticking over in my absence.

“I’m fortunate there is an international break and most of the players won’t be returning until Thursday or Friday this week.

“It was just a precautionary measure to advise me to stay away from football.

“I think the specialist felt the stress of it all would not be conducive with my recovery from the operation. Knowing me as they do, I think they felt I probably wouldn’t help myself jumping up and down and kicking every ball on the sideline,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Redknapp’s health problems will not be boosted by the news that he will be required to attend court to answer allegations of tax evasion in the new year.

Both Redknapp and former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric will answer the charges in court on January 23rd 2012.

By Gareth McKnight

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