This time, the scans revealed the damaged cartilage and he underwent surgery to have it removed.Since then, Fowler has been putting in extra training and ball work in a strenuous effort to get fit.
Redknapp, in the meantime, has left his own injury woes so far behind that he, the holder of 17 full caps, has begun trying to talk himself back into the England squad."I have to say he's a really decent guy to most people.In fact, I don't think he has an ounce of cynicism in him."Mischievously, Pleat also points out that it was after Venables had replaced him as manager of Tottenham that Redknapp decided to leave.But, with the best will in the world, it is difficult to envisage him, at 29, displacing younger men such as Steven Gerrard, Keiron Dyer and Owen Hargreaves, particularly when the game is faster than ever and pace was never one of his greatest assets as a creative midfielder. One who does is David Pleat, Spurs' football director now and their manager when Redknapp was with the club as a boy back in the Eighties."Jamie's a thinking footballer and a lovely lad, and it's worked out well for him since leaving Spurs," says Pleat.