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John Terry will be barred from facing Steven Gerrard’s Rangers should he join Spartak Moscow due to Uefa rule

Spartak Moscow have drawn Rangers in the Europa League group stages, but the former England team-mates will not come face-to-face during the clash

John Terry will not face Steven Gerrard’s side in the Europa League if he moves to Spartak Moscow, as he has missed a Uefa deadline.

In order to qualify to play in the group stage of the European competition for the Russian side, he had to have been registered by September 3.

The pair were England team-mates, but are not going to come face-to-face again just yet

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The pair were England team-mates, but are not going to come face-to-face again just yet

The 37-year-old has kept everyone guessing about his next move, but whatever happens we now know he won’t face his former England team-mate’s side.

He has been without a club since leaving Villa Park after their play-off heartache against Fulham in May.

But the former Chelsea captain was offered £3m-a-year deal by the Russian side and he’s been teasing fans on social media by posting cryptic tweets about medical tests and flying to an unknown destination.

Terry doesn’t seem to be ready to hang up his boots just yet and a return to Aston Villa was another possible move that was floated.

The pair were once fierce rivals in the Premier League

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The pair were once fierce rivals in the Premier League

His move to Russia would be a big money earner, but the deal is reportedly only for one year but will have an extension option.

Spartak Moscow have been drawn against Rangers in the group stages of the Europa League, but they won’t be able to give their new signing a run out in the competition.

Terry may have been studying for his coaching badges, but he’s been keeping himself in shape in order to keep his playing career alive as long as possible.

Twenty years on from making his debut for the Blues, he is keen to continue playing before trying to fulfil his dream of running the show at Stamford Bridge.

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