With the international break having brought domestic fixtures to a halt, Tottenham are not due to be in action again until November 21 - a date that manager Harry Redknapp is hoping to return to the dugout, reveals Kevin Bond.

The Spurs boss missed Sunday's 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham after undergoing minor heart surgery, and at present it remains unclear exactly how long he will be absent for.

Doctors have advised Redknapp to spend four or five weeks away from football recovering, but Bond admits there is a chance he will be back before then - after targeting their next game against Aston Villa.

"Whatever the doctors say, he needs to take his lead from them," Spurs' assistant manager 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."

In Redknapp's absence, Spurs' coaching team of Bond, Joe Jordan and Clive Allen have taken over the reins at White Hart Lane, and the likeable trio are happy to continue overseeing proceedings for as long as the manager needs to make a full recovery.

"That's what Joe, myself and Clive and the other members of the coaching staff will do," confirmed Bond. "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."

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