Redknapp ready for Spurs' big week

BY foxsports • February 24, 2010

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is feeling positive about the rest of the season ahead of a week's action that could leave them "in great shape".

Spurs host Bolton in an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Wednesday night having moved back into fourth place in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Wigan at the weekend.

They then welcome Everton to White Hart Lane and Redknapp accepts the next week could make or break their season.

"I want us to keep focusing on winning matches, it is a big week," he said.

"I said that to a couple of the lads - Wigan away, a cup game and Everton at home. Another good week and we can put ourselves in great shape."

Redknapp sees no reason why Spurs cannot continue their remarkable turnaround in fortunes since his appointment 16 months ago when they were bottom of the table.

"I want to get to Wembley in the cup final but, certainly, finishing in the top four would be a terrific achievement, from where we have come from," said the former Portsmouth boss.

"But I don't want to put that in the players' minds that they start thinking that the cup is not important and we have to try to get in the top four."

Aaron Lennon, however, has suffered a setback with his groin injury - ruling him out of contention for England's friendly with Egypt next week.

After feeling discomfort during training, an MRI scan highlighted a fresh problem, and a further ultrasound should reveal more information, all of which means Lennon will spend at least another couple of weeks on the sidelines.

Redknapp maintained Spurs would take no risks with Lennon's rehabilitation and it is believed the club will be seeking further specialist advice on how best to manage the injury to ensure a proper recovery.

"I am optimistic, but it just seems to have dragged on," said Redknapp.

"At first we thought it would be four or five weeks maximum and we were hoping to get him back for the Leeds game at home.

"That was five weeks ago.

"It has gone on from there really. Until he actually gets fit, we will just have to wait and see."

Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty at the Reebok Stadium, which if converted would probably have put Spurs into the last eight.

It was a fourth miss from the spot, but Redknapp is not overly concerned - or contemplating the lottery of a shoot-out should it be needed.

He said: "You can take as many penalties as you like in training, but you can never replicate when you have to score a penalty to win a match and the crowd are there, it is a different pressure.

"I am not one for thinking too negative, and I am sure there are enough lads who can score penalties if it comes to that - but let's hope we can finish the job off before we get there."


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