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Harry: I will return soon

SPURS manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he will be back on the White Hart Lane touchline soon.

The 64-year-old has spoken about his heart scare, revealing he had chest pains and struggled to breathe as he ran at home.

He had two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries on Wednesday, forcing him to miss yesterday's Europa League Group A game at Rubin Kazan, where his side went down 1-0 to Bebras Natcho's 55th-minute free-kick winner.

However, he has made good progress in his recuperation and is planning to return to the White Hart Lane touchline "in a couple of weeks".

"I have a running machine at home and run or jog for around half an hour several times a week to help stay fit," he said. "But this time I went on and had been running for no more than about two minutes when I felt pains in my chest.

"I had hardly got going when it went tight and I was struggling to breathe.



Warning

"As soon as that happens you know the best thing to do is stop immediately, which I did.

"I wasn't that frightened if I'm honest -- but it was clearly a warning sign from within.

"I've had narrow or blocked arteries for some time. I've been taking tablets for it just like a lot of people my age do. It's no big thing."

Meanwhile, Tony Pulis insists there is still plenty of work to do if Stoke are to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League, despite a third win from four games in Tel Aviv last night.

The Potters beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 at Bloomfield Stadium and head Group E with 10 points from four games, four ahead of nearest rivals Besiktas.

Stoke were always in the ascendancy and broke the deadlock through Dean Whitehead in the 51st minute, with substitute Peter Crouch tapping in the midfielder's cross 13 minutes later before Maccabi got a late consolation.

Elsewhere, Birmingham boss Chris Hughton praised his side's fighting qualities as they hit back from 2-0 down to keep their qualification hopes alive against Club Brugge at St Andrew's. The Blues looked set for defeat against the Belgian side, who could be about to offer a chance to Steve McClaren to return to football after sacking coach Adrie Koster at the weekend.

But Jean Beausejour and Marlon King (penalty) cancelled out first-half goals from Thomas Meunier and Joseph Akpala in a thrilling 2-2 draw in front of a near full house of 26,000.



Tempestuous

At Craven Cottage, Fulham manager Martin Jol praised his side for their efficiency in front of goal as they turned over Wisla Krakow in comprehensive fashion.

The west Londoners edged closer to the Europa League knockout stages by securing an impressive 4-1 victory from a tempestuous encounter against the Polish champions.

Andrew Johnson's double was complemented by efforts from Damien Duff and Steve Sidwell.


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