Derby County have confirmed that their Captain, Richard Keogh, will miss the rest of their season, with what is described as an alcohol related, serious knee injury, following a ‘scheduled’ team building dinner with staff.
It is not known at this stage, how the injury occurred, or who else was involved, but Derby County did confirm, that the actions of a small group of players will be investigated and that support will be offered to this group, to reinstate them back into the group
Derby released an official statement, which is shown below
“As a club, we cannot, and do not, condone the actions of a small group of players on Tuesday evening,” read the official statement.
“The players were out as part of a scheduled team-building dinner with staff and while the majority of them acted responsibly and left at around 8pm and were not involved, a small group, including the team captain Richard Keogh, continued drinking into the night.
“They should have known when to stop and also ignored the opportunity to be driven home using cars laid on by the club, and chose to stay out.
“As a result of an alcohol-related incident, Richard Keogh has sustained a serious knee injury that will prevent him from playing until the end of the season.
“The players involved in the incident on Tuesday evening will be subject to a rigorous internal investigation under the club’s code of conduct and disciplinary procedures, but over and above any punishment they receive we will be expecting them to become involved with the excellent work the Community Trust does helping the communities we serve.
“We have been very clear about our attitude towards alcohol and the players know that at certain and specific times of the season they are permitted a drink together as a group in a controlled environment.
“Those involved in Tuesday’s incident know they will pay a heavy price for their actions, but also that we will support them with their rehabilitation back into the squad and team.
“We fully support the work of our partners at Drinkaware and the unsanctioned actions of this small group of players is totally at odds the stance that both Drinkaware and Derby County Football Club take regards alcohol.
It is known, that two other players, Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence, were arrested on suspicion of drink driving, after their car was in collision with another, in the early hours of Tuesday morning
Mr Bennett, 23, of Whaley Thorns near Mansfield, and Mr Lawrence, of Duffield, are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on 15 October.