‘He's very keen and optimistic’ – Joe Jordan insists Harry Redknapp could return to Tottenham dugout for Aston Villa clash

Spurs boss has missed his side's last two matches, but his assistant believes that former Portsmouth man could face Alex McLeish's side on Monday
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to return to the Spurs dugout for Monday's clash with Aston Villa after missing his side's last two matches following heart surgery.

The former West Ham and Portsmouth manager missed his side's Europa League trip to Rubin Kazan with the hope of returning in time for their next league match. However, assistant's Joe Jordan and Clive Allen were once again in charge for their derby against Fulham, in which Spurs managed to record a 3-1 victory.

However, following the international break, Jordan insists Redknapp is optimistic about his chances to return to the White Hart Lane bench on Monday.

"It will depend on his conversation with the medical people who will give him advice, but he's feeling good, he sounds good and I would think there is a possibility he will be back for the Villa game," Jordan told reporters.

"The way he sounds, he's very keen and optimistic that will happen."

Since heavy defeats in their first two league fixtures, Spurs have enjoyed a run of eight matches without defeat. Their seven victories have lifted them to fifth place on 22 points, having played a game less than their rivals following the postponement of their opening day clash with Everton.

Following defeats to Manchester United and Manchester City, Spurs concluded their dealings in the transfer market with the signings of Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker, and Jordan believes their additions have played a role in his side's success this season.

"I think this season - after the first couple of games - we've done very, very well," he continued. "We got one or two players in and things settled down and I think we've seen a better balance to the team and the squad.

"We've had some tricky games away from home and analysing the game against Fulham, a place where we've struggled in the past, we came through with three points."