Chesterfield have announced that defender Laurence Maguire has been sent to Russia.

It is good news for the 21-year-old, though, as manager Martin Allen explained this morning on the club’s website in his usual style:

‘Good morning.

Laurence Maguire has unfortunately picked up Russian ‘flu, which is obviously quite disappointing.

I’ve had a word with him this morning and told him that this afternoon he’s got to fly out to Russia to have some medical tests. He’s got to be back here for training on Monday.

The bad news is the fact that he’s got Russian ‘flu. The good news is that he’s going to fly to Russia to see his brother play for England in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

He’s absolutely thrilled and he’s sorted it out with his family that he’s going. It’s great for our club that one of our players is going to be watching England play.

Take care,


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