Redknapp hopes for Villa comeback

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Tottenham Hotspur first-team coach Joe Jordan says manager Harry Redknapp is targeting a return for the Monday night visit of Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.

Redknapp underwent heart surgery a fortnight ago and missed the games against Rubin Kazan and Fulham as he targeted an extended spell out of the game.

However, Jordan says the eager Redknapp has already set a return date, in time for the clash with Villa at White Hart Lane.

"It will depend on his conversation with the medical people who will give him advice, but he's feeling good, he sounds good and I would think there is a possibility he will be back for the Villa game," Jordan said.

"The way he sounds, he's very keen and optimistic that will happen."

In Redknapp's absence, Spurs have been beaten narrowly in Russia in the Europa League, but defeated Fulham at Craven Cottage, continuing their eight match unbeaten run in the league that was sparked by heavy defeats to Manchester United and Manchester City in the club's opening two games of the season.

"I think this season - after the first couple of games - we've done very, very well. We got one or two players in and things settled down and I think we've seen a better balance to the team and the squad," Jordan added.

"We've had some tricky games away from home and analysing the game against Fulham, a place where we've struggled in the past, we came through with three points.

"That's an indication that we've made progress; let's hope it continues."

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