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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Redknapp eyes swift return to dugout

Tottenham manager on road to recovery after heart surgery

Harry Redknapp has targeted a top-four Barclays Premier League finish this season

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is keen to make a speedy return to the dugout.

Redknapp is continuing his recovery after undergoing heart surgery which saw two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries.

The Spurs boss's surgeon advised him to stay away from White Hart Lane for between four and five weeks.

And while the 64-year-old will heed the advice of his doctors, he is keen to be given the green light to take his seat on the bench for his side's next Barclays Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on Monday 21st November.

"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," said Redknapp.

"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."

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Key Points

  • Redknapp keen to return to management after surgery
  • Advised to rest for four to five weeks by heart specialist
  • Wants to return for Aston Villa match on 21 November