Redknapp focused on fitness

Spurs missed an opportunity to keep themselves in touch with

leaders Manchester City last week when they drew with rivals

Chelsea 1-1 at White Hart Lane. The game provided a worry for

Redknapp with Rafael van der Vaart substituted at half-time due to

a hamstring injury, but a subsequent scan revealed no serious

damage. Aaron Lennon looks set to miss the festive period with a

similar problem, though, and Jermain Defoe, Younes Kaboul and

Ledley King are also doubts for Tuesday evening’s game against

Norwich at Carrow Road. Tottenham’s injury troubles threaten to

halt their recent good form and Redknapp admits his players’

fitness is his biggest priority for the rest of the term. “Managing

the squad and keeping them happy is probably my toughest challenge.

It’s not easy,” the veteran boss said. “Younes Kaboul did his

hamstring warming up on the sideline against Chelsea. You wonder

what causes it. “But you’ve got to try to keep your players fit

now. You need a squad, you need to be able to change your squad

around to keep some players fresh.” Tottenham will put the pressure

back on both Manchester sides if they overcome Paul Lambert’s side

on Tuesday. The promoted Canaries have defied their critics this

year, climbing in to the top half of the table thanks to their

impressive home form. Despite appearing to be well clear of danger,

Redknapp has warned that a poor run of form could see Norwich, and

fellow newboys Swansea, follow the path of Hull and Blackpool, who

started well after being promoted before dipping dramatically in

the second half of the season, resulting in relegation. “Norwich

have done fantastically. They have done really well and Swansea

have as well,” the 64-year-old said. “But I’m sure they know that

there have been lots of clubs come up and play very well first half

of the season and they know they’ve got to continue that second

half, for sure. “It’s going to be tight at the bottom.”