Harry Redknapp reveals cancer scare that left him 'fearing for his life'

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Harry Redknapp has revealed he needed urgent surgery after a pre-season cancer scare left him fearing for his life.

The Birmingham City boss, 70, was rushed to hospital to remove a tumour from his bladder and now requires check-ups every three months.

He went to his GP after wife Sandra urged him to get it checked out.

“I could feel it in my body — I knew it wasn’t right,” he told the Sun on Sunday.

“This is the first time I’ve been properly worried.

“I knew I didn’t feel good, you know when something isn’t right, but it was Sandra who pushed me to the doctor in the end.”

The former West Ham and Tottenham manager has now been given the all-clear and will begin Birmingham’s pre-season training after tests showed the tumour was benign.

He added: “I am lucky, I know that because it could have been malignant.

“They cut it out, there was no other option.

“Once they did that I was up and about after a couple of days.

“I am relaxed about it now because what can you do?”

Mr Redknapp, a former Standard Sport columnist, said he recognises that health issues are part of getting old and added: “I know I am fortunate”.

He has had health issues in the past and in 2011 required a heart operation to widen his arteries with metal stents.

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