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Harry Redknapp expected to take charge of Tottenham against Fulham at weekend after undergoing minor heart surgery

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Harry Redknapp is expected to return to the Tottenham dugout for Sunday’s trip to Fulham after undergoing minor heart surgery on Wednesday.

The Spurs manager, 64, was taken to a private London hospital on Tuesday night and had a coronary angioplasty operation on Wednesday to relieve a minor blockage in his arteries.

Tottenham released a statement on Wednesday afternoon to confirm that Redknapp's surgery had gone according to plan.

"The club can report that earlier today Harry successfully had two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries," the statement said. "He is in excellent spirits and due to be discharged from hospital in the next 48 hours."

Chairman Daniel Levy added: "We are delighted the operation went so smoothly and successfully. Knowing Harry he will want to rush back, but it's important that he only does so when he has recovered properly."

Redknapp said: “I feel fine. I'm hoping I can be back at work in a couple of days.”

Tottenham first gave notice that Redknapp would undergo surgery on Tuesday night when they revealed he had been booked in for "a medical procedure” that would rule him out of the club’s Europa League trip to Rubin Kazan. Spurs have flown to Russia ahead of the match on Thursday evening.

According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), a coronary angioplasty  is a technique for treating coronary heart disease and angina, helping to improve blood supply to the heart muscle. Most patients can go home the same day or the next day and most people find that they are "back to normal after a few days", the BHF website says.

Assistant manager Kevin Bond and first-team coach Joe Jordan will take charge of the team against Rubin Kazan. Group A leaders Spurs travel to Russia with a two-point cushion over POAK Salonika, knowing a victory would guarantee their place in the knockout stages.

Although the club have not divulged when Redknapp is to return to the dugout, understands that the former West Ham and Portsmouth manager expects to take charge of Spurs’ Premier League match against Fulham on Sunday.

Redknapp lives in the Dorset resort of Sandbanks and makes the 250-mile round trip to the club's training ground most days along with Bond, although he does also stay in a hotel in Canary Wharf a couple of nights a week.

The former Portsmouth manager, who has been in charge of Spurs for three years, admitted in March 2010 that he had started talking heart pills upon the advice of his doctors, but stressed it was not a major problem.

Writing in his newspaper column, Redknapp then said: “About a year ago I needed to take heart pills and I am still taking them regularly... I am absolutely fine and have no worries about my health but this game can make the most mild-mannered of people explode as when you are sitting on the bench you get eaten up inside from first to last whistle.”

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