Derby County fell to a surprise 4-2 defeat at home to Reading at the weekend, with all the goals coming once skipper Richard Keogh had limped off.
The Ireland centre-back only lasted eight minutes and the Rams conceded twice in five minutes as soon as he went off. The Derby Telegraph have revealed that the ex-Coventry man suffered a ‘low-grade quad strain’.
It is a huge blow for Keogh personally, who will now miss Ireland’s key World Cup play-off games against Denmark. Whilst he was unlikely to start the games, his absence from the squad will not please Martin O’Neill.
However, given the diagnosis, thankfully for Rams fans it doesn’t appear that Keogh will miss many, if any, club games.
Gary Rowett’s men are in action against Fulham after the international break and will be desperate for the influential centre-back to be in the team.
Alex Pearce came on for Keogh on Saturday and although the defence struggled to cope with Reading after that, the former Royals player would be expected to step in at Craven Cottage again if Keogh doesn’t make it.
Losing Richard Keogh was a massive blow for Derby. He has formed a very strong partnership with Curtis Davies and they will be desperate to get him back.
Fortunately, the ‘low-grade’ nature of the injury should mean he is likely to return quickly. However, he will obviously have to be managed carefully.
The game against Reading demonstrated just how much he is needed in the back four, so Rowett will hope he can get back to fitness before the Fulham game.
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