Richard Keogh has been sacked by Derby County.
The Republic of Ireland international has had his contract terminated after he suffered knee ligament injuries when he was in the car that Derby teammate Tom Lawrence crashed last month following a night out.
Keogh, 33, has reportedly been sacked after his refusal to accept a major pay cut in order to stay with the Championship club.
The defender’s contract was due to run to June 2020, but Keogh’s injuries mean he is expected to be sidelined for at least 12 months.
Keogh signed for Derby in 2012, and has gone on to make over 350 appearances for the club. However, he now finds himself without a club.
According to The Guardian, Keogh has instructed his lawyers in the matter and the Professional Footballers’ Association has also become involved.
Having been omitted from the squad for the first game following the crash, Lawrence has been an ever-present in the Derby team since.
Keogh signed for Derby in 2012, and has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the club.
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