Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Kevin Bond is confident Harry Redknapp's trial will not effect the team ahead of their FA Cup fourth round tie against Watford.

Redknapp has been absent from training this week as he continues to contest two charges of cheating the public revenue.

The 64-year-old will return to the fold for the cup tie at Vicarage Road on Friday evening, and his assistant Bond says that despite being away from training, his absence hasn't affected the build up to the game.

''Clearly the manager is not here, but very little (has changed) really,'' Bond told a news conference.

''The training carries on pretty much as normal and everybody has been getting on with things as normal so there's not really a lot of difference except obviously Harry is not here during the day.

''We had a similar scenario a few weeks ago when Harry had a small (heart) procedure done and he wasn't here for a week or so leading up to the Fulham game.''

After having their title dream ruined by Manchester City last weekend, Spurs head to Watford as they continue their fight for silverware.

With the title out of reach, the FA Cup represents the only trophy the club can win this season, a necessary success if Redknapp's team aren't to be remembered as, for all their style, a side that lacked the temperament to claim major honours.

The trio of Gareth Bale, Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul are all doubtful for the contest against Sean Dyche's Championship outfit.

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