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Harry hoping to return

Posted on 17 November 2011  - 12:00

Joe Jordan says the manager hopes to be in the dugout against Villa.

First team coach Joe Jordan has told the press that Harry Redknapp is hoping to return to the dugout for our match against Aston Villa on Monday.

Harry has been resting after having two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries and was absent for the fixtures against Rubin Kazan and Fulham.

"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," said Joe at the pre-Aston Villa press conference.

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

The team have added a Premier League win over Fulham in Harry's absence, and Joe believes the additions we made at the end of the transfer window have had a major impact on our performances after the team lost the opening two fixtures of the season against Manchester United and Manchester City.

"I think this season - after the first couple of games - we've done very, very well. 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.

"That's an indiciation that we've made progress; let's hope it continues."