Redknapp targeting swift return

BY foxsports • November 13, 2011

The Spurs boss is continuing his recovery after undergoing heart surgery which saw two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries. Redknapp's surgeon has advised the veteran manager to stay away from White Hart Lane for between four and five weeks. And while the 64-year-old will heed the advice of his doctors, he is keen to be given the green light to take his seat on the bench against Villa on Monday, November 21. "In an ideal world I would like to be back for the game against Aston Villa next weekend but it would be unfair of me to say whether I will or won't at this stage," he told the Sunday Mirror. "I'll have to speak to the specialist this week, get his thoughts on it and take it from there. "Obviously it's extremely frustrating staying away and being stuck at home and, as much as I'm anxious to come back, it wouldn't be fair to disrespect the specialist who is advising me. "I'm fairly confident I will return earlier than they anticipated." Redknapp, who was forced to miss the Europa League defeat to Rubin Kazan and the Premier League victory over Fulham, remains in regular contact with coaching duo Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond. He added: "I speak to them every day and things are ticking over in my absence. "I'm fortunate there is an international break and most of the players won't be returning until Thursday or Friday this week. "It was just a precautionary measure to advise me to stay away from football. "I think the specialist felt the stress of it all would not be conducive with my recovery from the operation. Knowing me as they do, I think they felt I probably wouldn't help myself jumping up and down and kicking every ball on the sideline."

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