Tuesday 20 March 2018

Players must be mentally fit for Potters - Redknapp

HARRYRedknapp will take no chances with the mental state of his players tonight as they face their first match since Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham return to action in the Premier League against Stoke, four days after Bolton midfielder Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final in north London.

Muamba (23) remains in intensive care but visitors to his bedside at the London Chest Hospital, including Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, have reported he appears to be making an encouraging recovery.

Redknapp knows tonight's home match is important in Tottenham's mission to clinch a Champions League place next season, so if any players remain traumatised by Saturday's harrowing events and are struggling to focus on football he will be reluctant to select them.


Tottenham have suffered three successive league defeats and Redknapp said: "It is a case of seeing who is ready and who is right to play, whose mind is in the right place.

"If it isn't then obviously I wouldn't want to take a chance with them."

The veteran manager will direct all his focus on the game, and said: "We can't come off and say, 'We got the game out of the way'. We need to win.

"We can't come out and not play, not be up for a game."

He added: "You can soon tell when they are training if their mind is on it or they don't look like they are into it, for any reason.

"If they come out and train and they look bright then there's no problems."

Tottenham's players and coaching staff were all moved by Saturday's experience, with counselling offered by the club as well as heart tests.

Redknapp said: "It has knocked me low, it has knocked me flat for two or three days. It does seem to be one thing after the other recently, and it does take its toll."

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