24 October 2019 20:42
The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest Weekday Derby County FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Richard Keogh has thanked Derby County fans for their support in his first statement since sustaining a season-ending injury. The Derby defender suffered the serious knee injury in an accident earlier this season, meaning he will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign - and could be out of action for at least a year. Keogh was pictured in the Pride Park stands during Wednesday's 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic, with the Republic of Ireland international on crutches and sporting a leg brace. And he has now taken to Twitter to react to the win and thank Rams supporters. "Great to be back at Pride Park last night and even better to see the boys get the win," he said.
"Thank you to the fans for the support and warm wishes - it means a lot to both me and my family." Keogh has made 356 appearances for the Rams since joining the club from Coventry City in 2012. Graeme Shinnie looked dead and buried after his start to life at Derby, but the former Aberdeen man is firing on all cylinders now at Pride Park. Phillip Cocu opted against fielding the ex-Dons captain in the Championship, leaving questions up in the air about Shinnie's future at the Rams after only a few games. He wasn't selected in any of their opening ten league matches, but in the last three, the midfielder has made a real impression. His rise from outcast to hero was capped off last night.
Shinnie scored vital Derby winner Shinnie's first two displays had mixed fortunes. His first game was brilliant, leading by example in the midfield as they triumphed 2-0 over Luton. It prompted another start but this time the Rams were humbled 3-0 by Charlton. Back on home soil though, Shinnie managed to earn his finest moment in a Derby shirt yet. As the Rams pushed for a late winner against Wigan, the ball broke to Shinnie on the edge of the box. With one he touch, he ferociously slammed the ball far into the top corner to make it 1-0. Derby were handed a winner at a vital moment and it's thanks to Shinnie. He's not just scored a goal though, he's shown his combative nature that made him a Pittodrie hero, shown by his three bookings in his three starts. Shinnie is seemingly on a mission to show Cocu he can make the Derby grade.