Derby captain and Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh has been ruled out of football for up to 15 months with two damaged knee ligaments he sustained during a booze-fuelled car crash last Tuesday.
The veteran centre-back, who is 33 years-old, was reportedly in the back seat of Tom Lawrence’s Range Rover Sport when it smashed into a lamp post and could now be out until December 2020.
The Rams captain was one of three players known to be involved in the incident that saw Lawrence and fellow team-mate Mason Bennett charged with drink-driving.
Latest scans have shown damage to his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Medial Cruciate Ligament (MCL) which is likely to keep him out for 15 of the final 18 months of his current Pride Park contract.
Lawrence, aged 25, and 23-year-old Bennett were arrested at the scene of the collision near Derby, shortly before midnight on Tuesday.
Keogh – who does not drive – had played every minute of the Rams’ Championship fixtures this season before the crash.
And Derby have since confirmed he will play no further part in this campaign.
The Championship club acted fast to launch an internal investigation, which occurred following a night out which was sanctioned by the club.
Bennett and Lawrence are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 15th.