Wolverhampton Wanderers player Matt Doherty told Second Captains he is sympathetic towards Derby County’s Richard Keogh but highlights the situation as avoidable.

The Rams centre-back has been ruled out of action for up to 15 months.

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Keogh was involved in an off-field incident at Derby last week. It was poor judgement on his part, and he has subsequently suffered a serious knee ligament injury.

Speaking to Richie Sadlier on Second Captains’ The Player’s Chair, Wolves ace Doherty admits he was concerned for his Irish teammate but laments the situation.

I was surprised and concerned to find out if he was alright. I have concern but then you’re looking at it and thinking it was completely avoidable for one. There was no need. Obviously, you’re sympathetic but it was a really avoidable situation and it’s got very messy now.

While Keogh has been an Ireland regular for the past few years now, Wolves wingback Doherty has only made his debut last October and since has seven caps.

Keogh will miss Ireland’s European Championship next year, should they qualify.

The 33-year-old will rue his part in last week’s events, and now he faces a lonely road ahead as he sets his sights on making a full recovery and featuring for Derby again.

The Rams, meanwhile, have turned to Curtis Davies to fill in at the back. The 34-year-old has taken over as captain and helped Derby take four points from two games.

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Davies’s contract at the Championship club expires next July. Manager Phillip Cocu will now have to make strengthening the defence a priority come next summer.

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