Derby County captain Richard Keogh “feels accountable” for the crash that led to 2 of his team-mates being detained, says employer Phillip Cocu.
Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett have been charged with drink-driving following the accident on Tuesday.
The crash followed a team-building dinner, with Derby stating there will be a “extensive internal investigation”.
Keogh suffered a major knee injury in an “alcohol-related incident” and will miss the rest of the season.
” It’s having a substantial impact on him personally,” Cocu informed BBC Radio Derby. “He’s very down obviously since he realises what’s going on for him.
” I believe he feels accountable, yes. More senior gamers constantly need to step up and take duty.”
In a declaration previously on Thursday the club stated Republic of Ireland centre-back Keogh, 33, was part of a “little group” that “ongoing drinking into the night” after the meal.
In his subsequent interview, previous Netherlands and Barcelona midfielder Cocu verified Tom Huddlestone, 32, will take control of captaincy tasks for the rest of the Champion season.
” It’s an early phase to say but if we say he’ll be out for the remainder of the season, it’s a really serious injury,” included Cocu.
” It’s a huge offer losing a crucial player in Richard – we need to deal with it together.
” Individual mistakes have been made and as we communicated there will be consequences – we have severe matters to handle and disciplinary actions will be taken.”