Mick McCarthy has spoken about Richard Keogh’s injury.
Keogh, who has been a regular under McCarthy for the Republic of Ireland, will miss the next 15 months with a knee injury he sustained in a car crash last week. He will never play again for Ireland under McCarthy, who is set to exit the job next August.
The Derby County captain sustained a fractured wrist and a serious knee injury in the crash.
The 33-year-old, who does not drive, was a passenger. He has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and his medial collateral ligament.
The crash occurred following a club sanctioned night out. A report in the Telegraph stated that Keogh was sitting in the backseat of Tom Lawrence’s Range Rover when it crashed into a lamppost. Lawrence and his teammate Mason Bennett were charged with drink-driving.
McCarthy, who was speaking to the assembled media on Tuesday as he announced his squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland, addressed the Keogh incident.
“I rang him to see how he was and offer him my support, he’s been fabulous for me,” the Ireland manager said.
“He was pretty sore when I spoke to him. I didn’t discuss a comeback. I rang him to see how he was and offer my support. He’s a great guy. It’s a terrible injury he’s got he has to have two operations.”
“He’s a real determined character. He’s always impressed me.”
Keogh will be on the sidelines until December 2020. He will miss the rest of this season and at least half of next season. His contract with Derby expires at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
McCarthy also said that “people make decisions and they have to learn from them.”
But he refused to criticise Keogh, saying he’s a “wonderful” player.
MMC on Richard Keogh: "He'd been our for a drink with the lads, he's the captain of the team. People make decisions and they have to learn from them."
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