Redknapp has operation for heart blockage

Harry Redknapp
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FORMER Pompey manager Harry Redknapp has successfully undergone a heart procedure to unblock coronary arteries.

Redknapp, 64, is in ‘excellent spirits’ and is due to be discharged from hospital within 48 hours.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘We are delighted the operation went so smoothly. Knowing Harry he will want to rush back, but it’s important that he only does so when he has recovered properly.’

Levy said Redknapp had asked for his thanks to be passed to fans who had sent goodwill messages.

Tottenham confirmed on Tuesday that the former West Ham manager was set to undergo a ‘medical procedure’ that would rule him out of the club’s trip to Rubin Kazan this week.

Assistant manager Kevin Bond and first-team coach Joe Jordan will take charge of the team for Thursday’s Europa League match in Russia.

Redknapp lives in Bournemouth and makes the 250-mile round trip to the club’s training ground most days along with Bond. He said in March 2010 that he had started talking heart pills upon the advice of his doctors, but stressed it was not a major problem.