Redknapp set for Villa return

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is ready to take his place on the White Hart Lane bench, and looks set to return to football in his side’s game against Aston Villa on Monday.

The ageing coach underwent surgery to unblock two coronary arteries before the international break, and has not been present at Spurs’ last games against Rubin Kazan and Fulham.

However with Redknapp feeling better, first team coach Joe Jordan has admitted that the manager may be involved against Villa.

“It will depend on his conversation with the medical people, but he’s feeling good, he’s sounding good and I would think there’s a possibility he’ll be back for the Aston Villa game. Maybe he’ll pop in during the lead-up to that game, but that will depend on medical advice,” Jordan told The Telegraph.

“In our last game against Fulham I don’t think it will have done him good sitting there watching the television for the last 20 minutes.

“This time around I think he would like to be in the position where, if he’s at the stadium he will be on the bench making decisions and being involved. Against Fulham it would have been torture watching the game and not making substitutions or decisions. He will have suffered a lot more.

“He’s been in contact with people at the club, but with respect to what’s happened, we’ve left him alone and haven’t been on to him unless it was really important. The last thing he needs is for someone to be on the phone constantly so it has not been the case,” he concluded.

Tottenham will look to make it eight wins from nine games against Alex McLeish’s men, and will be buoyed on if Redknapp does return.

By Gareth McKnight