Derby captain out for season following car crash

Derby County captain Richard Keogh will be out for the remainder of the 2019-20 EFL Championship season due to a knee injury sustained in the car crash that led to the arrest of teammates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett, the Guardian have confirmed.

Lawrence and Bennett were charged with drink-driving following the accident on Tuesday night. Neither were serious injured.

However, 33-year-old Keogh faces a career-ending injury giving his age. As well as not being able to play for his club this season, the centre-back would not feature in Euro 2020 either, should the Republic of Ireland qualify.

Derby County have already stated that the players will be subject to an international inquiry.

Richard Keogh joined Derby from relegated Coventry City in July 2012 and has gone on to make 316 Championship appearances for the club, as well as 26 appearances for the Irish national team.

Tom Lawrence signed from Leicester City for £5 million in August 2017 and has scored 19 goals in his 74 league appearances for the club.

23-year-old Mason Bennett came through Derby’s youth system and had finally earned a role as a part of the first team squad under Frank Lampard last season. Both players have put their Derby future’s on the line.