Derby County legend Dave Mackay leaves hospital
DERBY County legend Dave Mackay has left hospital and returned home after recovering from a chest infection
The 77-year-old was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre, in Nottingham, on June 9 and remained there until earlier this week.
His wife, Isobel, confirmed that the former Rams star was much better. She said: "He is much improved and responded well to treatment for the infection in hospital.
"We have been inundated with phone calls asking how he is and flowers have been sent by many people, including staff and fans at Derby County.
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"But we do appreciate everyone's good wishes and thank them very much for their concern."
Mr Mackay was admitted to hospital after he had become ill and his breathing was "very laboured".
He made 145 appearances for Derby County and first arrived at the Baseball Ground in 1968.
Mr Mackay signed for a fee of £5,000 at 33 and quickly established himself as a star player under manager Brian Clough.
He was named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in his first season, formed part of the Second Division title-winning team of 1968-9 and made his appearances during three years with the Rams. He returned to the club in 1973 as manager and guided them to their second League Championship.
Tottenham Hotspur, where Mr Mackay played before coming to Derby, also posted get well wishes on their website following his discharge from hospital.