Modric still short of fitness

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is still some way from a return to full-fitness.

The 24-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb star suffered a broken leg in Spurs' 2-1 win against Birmingham City at the end of August, ruling him out for at least six weeks.

Redknapp admitted that he had hoped the playmaker would be nearing a return by now.

However, he confessed that the reality is that he is still a long way from making a full recovery.

"He is still quite a way away. The leg is very tender, and he is very hesitant on his leg still," he said.

"So he is still a long way away really. I was hopeful he'd be close after the international break but he hasn't recovered really. He's not happy with it at the moment.

"I wouldn't like to put a time on it. We started him trying to jog last Friday but he's very tender with it."