Harry still eyeing Monday return

Redknapp underwent an operation on a minor blockage in one of his

arteries two weeks ago and has been recovering since. The

64-year-old will consult medical opinion over the feasibility of

resuming work, but assistant manager Joe Jordan expects to see him

in the dug out at White Hart Lane. “Hopefully he’ll be back soon.

It will depend on his conversation with the medical people who are

giving him advice,” said Jordan. “He’s feeling good and sounds

good. There’s a possibility he’d be back for the Villa game and

maybe he’ll pop in during the lead up to that match. “He’s very

keen and is optimistic there’s a chance of that happening.” Jordan

insists that should Redknapp make his comeback on Monday, he will

assume full control of team affairs. The Spurs boss watched the

tense 3-1 victory over Fulham on November 6 from home and Jordan

believes it will have proved difficult viewing. “If Harry comes to

the game, he’ll be on the bench,” he said. “The experience in our

last game against Fulham… I don’t think it will have been too

easy to watch the last 20 minutes on TV. “If he’s at the stadium,

why wouldn’t he be on the bench making decisions and be involved?

“Against Fulham, it would have been torture watching the game and

not making substitutions or decisions. He will have suffered a lot

more.” Jordan has revealed that contact with Redknapp has been kept

to a minimum during his recovery. “We’ve tried to avoid being on

the phone to Harry constantly,” he said. “He had a warning and was

told at a very early stage that this is what he must do. I spoke to

him on the phone when he rang and sounds great. “The last thing

that he needs is for someone to be on the phone constantly. That

has not been the case. “When he’s felt there is a need to make a

call, which he has done to find out how things are going in

training, then we answer and give him all the information. “But he

is wise enough to listen to the specialists and surgeons who did

the operation, that is the most important thing. “Harry is at an

age where he has seen most, if not everything, in football so he

knows how to handle the stresses that go with that. “So when you

get the little fright that happened to him, you listen to people

who know better than you. “He has taken two weeks off and that’s

why we are talking about the possibility of him coming back for the

Villa game.” Holland midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has a chance

of facing Villa as he attempts to recover from a hamstring injury.

Vedran Corluka is expected to be fit despite suffering from an

ankle problem.