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Derby County skipper willing to play through the pain to help play-off push

Derby County captain Richard Keogh has said that he will continue to play through the pain of a broken hand in order to help the club in their push for a place in the Championship play-offs.

Richard Keogh has said that he insists on playing through the pain to help Derby County’s push for a place in the Championship play-offs.

The Republic of Ireland international broke a bone in his hand during Derby’s draw with Stoke City prior to the international break but is not letting it stop him from going on the pitch. He played for his country against Gibraltar during the international break and does not plan on letting his injury keep him from playing for his club, either.

He is expected to start against Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon, as the club look to boost their play-off hopes with a win.

“It’s getting a lot better,” Keogh told the Derby Telegraph.

“Obviously, it’s not ideal but it’s just one of those freak things that can happen at times. It was a little bit sore to start with. I went for the x-ray and it was broken pretty bad. 

“They were talking about surgery and stuff but I said I wanted to carry on playing and if there was any chance of me doing that, then that was the option I wanted to take.

“The surgeon said they could get something together and I could carry on playing. As soon as I heard that, that was good enough for me.

“I was told they could get me back quite quick if I had surgery but that would still probably mean missing a couple of weeks, so for me, that was not really the way I wanted to go,” added the 32-year-old.

“If it doesn’t heal as well as planned between now and the end of the season and I need to have surgery in the summer, then that’s something I will think about.

“But at the moment, as long as I can play and train and get myself out there, that’s the main thing.”

The defender has not missed a single league game for Derby this season, playing 90 minutes in every Championship game so far.

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