Irish defender Richard Keogh reportedly suffered injuries in a collision which saw his Derby teammates Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence charged with drink-driving.
According to a report in The Telegraph, the Derby captain suffered a suspected fractured wrist as well as a knee injury in the accident and it is expected that manager Phillip Cocu will confirm the news of Keogh’s injuries on Thursday afternoon.
The collision occurred following a club sanctioned night-out with details still emerging surrounding it however the report outlines that Keogh was sitting in the backseat of Lawrence’s Range Rover when it crashed into a lamppost.
Keogh is expected to be out of Saturday’s game against Birmingham despite being an ever-present for the Rams who have struggled under Phillip Cocu this season currently sitting 18th in the table.
It is understood that Keogh went for a scan following the collision and the club are launching an internal investigation into the incident to establish what exactly occurred.
Derbyshire police confirmed some details around the collision in a statement on Tuesday. “Two men have been charged with drink driving after a collision involving a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes GLC at the junction of Burley Hill and the A6 at Allestree, last night shortly before midnight (Tuesday, 24 September).
“Mason Bennett, 23, of Whaley Thorns near Mansfield and Tom Lawrence, 25, of Duffield were arrested at the scene and charged earlier today. They are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 15 October at 9.30am.”
It is not yet known how long Keogh is expected to be out for but he may emerge as a doubt for Ireland’s crucial upcoming qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland.
Keogh has been first choice at the back for the Boys in Green alongside Shane Duffy, since Mick McCarthy took over but this represents another blow after the news that the Brighton centre-back limped off in their Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.
Again neither have been fully ruled out but injuries to Ireland’s first choice defensive pairing less than three weeks out from two crucial games is far from ideal for McCarthy.