Redknapp targets Villains return

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to make his return to the dugout against Aston Villa.

The Spurs chief underwent minor heart surgery two weeks ago, missing the trip to Rubin Kazan in the Europa League and victory against Fulham in the Barclays Premier League.

A well-timed international break has given the former Portsmouth boss more time to recover, and whilst doctors have told Redknapp to take an extended break, the lure of a return next weekend may be too much.

"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.”

In Redknapp's absence, Joe Jordan has appeared in charge of first team duties, with Kevin Bond and Clive Allen ably assisting the first team coach as the trio run operations at White Hart Lane.

The boss has been in constant contact however, making sure things continue to his meticulous standards despite being away from the training ground.

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

“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,”

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