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Heart op won’t make Redknapp quit

By Paul Hirst

Harry Redknapp's heart scare will not force the Tottenham boss into retirement, his assistant Kevin Bond insisted yesterday.

Redknapp joined the long list of football managers to have heart problems and yesterday underwent a procedure to unblock two coronary arteries.

Redknapp was admitted to hospital to have tests, and it was decided that the 64-year-old would have the procedure which was carried out under local anaesthetic.

He is expected to be released from hospital in the next 24 hours and is said to be in “excellent spirits”, even claiming that he could be back at work tomorrow morning ahead of Sunday's game at Fulham.

Fellow managers Sir Alex Ferguson, Gerard Houllier and Sam Allardyce have all undergone heart operations recently and Redknapp himself has been taking heart pills upon the advice of his doctor.

But Bond, the man who will take charge of Spurs for tonight's Europa League game at Rubin Kazan, said: “This will not knock Harry's desire to manage, no chance.

“No, it won't happen. You give him two days off and he will come back rejuvenated.

“It's nothing really for us to worry about.

“It's happened. The procedure has come and gone.

“I have spoken to Harry and he is fine.

“While no-one wants to see anyone have any type of operation, it is a simple procedure and hopefully he will be back within a couple of days so everything will be fine.”

Also having to undergo minor heart surgery is Italy striker Antonio Cassano who netted a brace in the 3-0 win over Northern Ireland, the final game of Nigel Worthington’s reign.

The AC Milan favourite was reportedly joking with team-mates on the plane after a 3-2 win over Roma before suddenly developing difficulties with his vision, speech and movement.

Cassano will undergo the heart procedure shortly after being diagnosed with a cardiac anomaly which impaired blood flow to his brain.

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