Derby County captain Richard Keogh will miss the rest of the Championship season after sustaining a serious knee injury in what the club described as "an alcohol-related incident".

In an extraordinary statement released on Thursday, Derby confirmed Keogh was hurt after a scheduled team-building dinner with staff on Tuesday.

The club said Keogh and other players "continued drinking into the night" after the meal, having turned down free transportation home. 

Reports suggest Keogh suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a car accident, although Derby did not confirm those details.

Local police confirmed on Wednesday that Rams players Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence were charged with drink-driving after they were involved a crash late on Tuesday night.

"The players involved in the incident on Tuesday evening will be subject to a rigorous internal investigation under the club's code of conduct and disciplinary procedures, but over and above any punishment they receive we will be expecting them to become involved with the excellent work the Community Trust does helping the communities we serve," read a statement from Derby. 

"We have been very clear about our attitude towards alcohol and the players know that at certain and specific times of the season they are permitted a drink together as a group in a controlled environment.

"Those involved in Tuesday's incident know they will pay a heavy price for their actions, but also that we will support them with their rehabilitation back into the squad and team."

Phillip Cocu's side have not won in the league since the opening weekend and the Dutchman is already coming under pressure, having taken over a side that reached the play-off final under Frank Lampard's guidance last season. 

Former England captain Wayne Rooney is set to join Derby from MLS side DC United in January, taking up a player-coach role.

Derby's next game is at home to Birmingham City on Saturday.

West Brom scored three times in the final 20 minutes to snatch a 4-2 victory over rock-bottom Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Sunday.

Grady Diangana set up two goals in quick succession for Darnell Furlong and Matt Phillips before Semi Ajayi headed in to seal the points in the closing stages.

Huddersfield led for long periods at the Hathowrns, Lewis O'Brien and Karlan Grant twice giving them the advantage either side of winger Phillips' first in the 19th minute.

But there was to be no maiden victory for new Terriers boss Danny Cowley as West Brom stormed home to extend their unbeaten start in the second tier to eight games.

None of the top four sides in the Championship won on Saturday, meaning Leeds United remained top of the table despite a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Derby County.

Bristol City and Swansea City, who started the day third and second respectively, played out a 0-0 draw, while Charlton Athletic suffered a second straight defeat, going down 2-0 at Wigan Athletic.

Preston North End, QPR and Nottingham Forest all gained ground towards the top of the standings with victories, while Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Hull City were also among the winners.

Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 with Fulham and Stoke City moved off the bottom of the table after a goalless encounter at Brentford.
 

FRUSTRATION FOR LEEDS

Other results meant Leeds stayed top even though they suffered frustration against Derby, the team with whom they were embroiled in last season's 'spygate' controversy.

Marcelo Bielsa's men led through Max Lowe's own goal, but Mateusz Klich fired wide with a penalty that would have sealed victory 20 minutes from time, while Patrick Bamford, who had won the spot-kick, squandered multiple opportunities.

Chris Martin then punished the hosts with a stoppage-time equaliser, finishing off a slick move completely against the run of play to score his first Derby goal since November 2017 and give his side their fifth draw in eight games.


CHARLTON FALLING AWAY

Charlton lost a second straight game without scoring, as defender Chey Dunkley scored a double for Wigan to send Lee Bowyer's men down to seventh.

Dunkley netted in each half to follow up his goal at Hull last week, having failed to net in 39 Wigan appearances last season. The result ended a six-match winless league run for the hosts.

Swansea are still level on points with Leeds at the top after their draw at Ashton Gate. The Welsh side had Jake Bidwell sent off in the last-minute for a lunge on Niclas Eliasson.


CHASING PACK GAIN GROUND

Sean Maguire scored for a second straight week to give Preston a 1-0 win at Birmingham City, Alex Neil's men moving up to third - just a point behind the leaders - as a result. 

Nahki Wells' double – his second coming courtesy of a huge goalkeeping blunder from Bartosz Bialkowski – gave QPR a 2-1 win away to Millwall, ensuring Mark Warburton's men sit level with Preston.

Forest are one point further back after Ben Watson's first goal for the club ensured Barnsley were beaten 1-0 at The City Ground. It was the home side's only shot on target.
 

NUHU DENIES FULHAM

Fulham remain in mid-table after Atdhe Nuhiu headed in a Sheffield Wednesday equaliser three minutes into stoppage time, cancelling out Tom Cairney's first-half opener.

Elsewhere, Ashley Fletcher's second-minute own goal gave Cardiff a narrow 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, Hull scored three times in the final 27 minutes to thump Luton Town 3-0 at Kenilworth Road and Blackburn Rovers won 2-1 away to Reading.

Sergi Canos had an effort cleared off the line as Brentford were frustrated by struggling Stoke.

Birmingham City have been fined £42,500 by the Football Association (FA) after Jack Grealish was attacked by a fan during the derby clash with Aston Villa in March.

Grealish was punched by a supporter, who was later sentenced to 14 weeks in prison and handed a 10-year ban from football matches, as Villa beat Birmingham in the Championship en route to promotion.

Birmingham issued Grealish an apology and banned the perpetrator for life, with the FA now confirming the club's punishment over the incident.

"An independent regulatory commission has fined Birmingham City £42,500 and warned them as to their future conduct," said the FA's statement.

"The club submitted it used all due diligence but was found to have failed to ensure that its spectator[s], and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers, conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from improper and/or violent behaviour and/or refrained from encroaching onto the pitch area during the EFL Championship fixture against Aston Villa on 10 March 2019."

Leeds United went top of the Championship thanks to a late 2-0 win at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, while Garry Monk got off to a victorious start in charge of Sheffield Wednesday.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds went into Sunday's game having lost to Swansea City in their last league outing before the international break and prior to that they were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Championship strugglers Stoke City.

But they got back on track at Oakwell with two goals in the final six minutes to leave Barnsley in the bottom three.

Huddersfield Town also continue to look in serious trouble having lost at home to Sheffield Wednesday, with new men in charge of both teams at the John Smith's Stadium.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Leeds appeared to be heading for an underwhelming draw at Barnsley before Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah came off the bench and broke the deadlock in the 84th minute.

The England Under-21 international volleyed in from close range after Kalvin Phillips' left-wing free-kick, finally ending Barnsley's resistance with his fourth goal in six games for the club.

Nketiah then won a penalty after being brought down by Aapo Halme, with Mateusz Klich converting from 12 yards.

The result sees them move above Swansea on goal difference after the Welsh side lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. 

 

COWLEY HAS A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB

Danny Cowley got a harsh insight into the scale of the task he faces at Huddersfield after a 2-0 loss to Wednesday. 

Steven Fletcher gave the visitors the lead after just 10 minutes by heading in Kadeem Harris' cross from six yards out, making three consecutive league outings in which he has scored.

Sam Winnall completed the scoring 18 minutes from the end, converting Barry Bannan's delivery to ensure Wednesday move back into the top 10.

Town, meanwhile, stay second from bottom with one point from their first seven matches.

Derby County's frustrating start under Phillip Cocu continued as Robert Glatzel's first Cardiff City goal earned the Bluebirds a 1-1 draw in the Championship.

The Rams suffered successive 3-0 defeats away to Nottingham Forest and Brentford prior to the international break but, despite a bright start at Pride Park, Derby could not end their winless run in the league, which has now been extended to six games.

Derby took the lead in the sixth minute – left-back Scott Malone on hand to tuck in from close range after Martyn Waghorn kept the play alive following Alex Smithies' save from Tom Huddlestone's strike.

With Derby on top, Waghorn's seemingly valid penalty appeals fell on deaf ears in the 16th minute, and the home side's frustrations were compounded moments later when Richard Keogh hauled down Glatzel, who opened his Cardiff account from the resulting spot-kick.

Jack Marriott rattled the crossbar three minutes after the restart as Derby swiftly came out of the blocks, while Waghorn flashed a strike wide.

Kelle Roos' error gifted Glatzel an opportunity to double his tally late on but Matthew Clarke made a goal-saving clearance to secure a point as Cocu's wait for a first home win rumbles on.

Leeds United have secured internationals Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas on long-term contracts, with the duo joining midfielder Kalvin Phillips in committing to the West Yorkshire club.

Captain Cooper agreed a new five-year contract just five days after making his Scotland debut, and his presence at the heart of Leeds' defence is a vital part of head coach Marcelo Bielsa's plan to get the Whites promoted to the Premier League.

Versatile Northern Ireland international Dallas has been playing at right-back this season in the absence of the injured Luke Ayling, and he has been rewarded for his impressive performances with a deal that expires in the summer of 2023, Leeds announced on their website.

Both players will hope to feature in a Yorkshire derby in the Championship on Saturday as third-placed Leeds look to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea City when they take on Barnsley at Oakwell.

Phillips signed a five-year deal earlier this week, with Leeds saying they had rejected offers of over £20million for him from Premier League clubs during the recent transfer window.

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has signed a new five-year contract with the Championship promotion hopefuls.

The 23-year-old, who joined Leeds at the age of 14 and has made 149 senior appearances for the club, has committed his future to Elland Road until June 2024.

Phillips was linked with a possible move to the Premier League during the transfer window and Leeds claim they rejected "multiple offers" in excess of £20million.

"The club maintained throughout that Phillips would not be sold, with the midfielder being integral to plans for the future, and the immediate goal of securing top-flight football," they said in a statement on Monday.

"As a club, we are thrilled that Kalvin shares the same vision and potential for Leeds United, which has been demonstrated by committing his long-term future to the Whites."

Phillips played 46 times for Leeds in the Championship last season, predominantly as a holding midfielder, as Marcelo Bielsa's side reached the play-offs and were knocked out by Derby County.

He has featured in all six of their league matches in 2019-20, with Leeds sitting third in the table, three points behind leaders Swansea City.

Huddersfield Town have recruited Danny Cowley from Lincoln City to become their new manager.

The former Braintree Town boss moves up to the Championship after guiding Lincoln to promotion from League Two last term, having led them back into the Football League in 2017.

Cowley, 40, will be assisted by brother Nicky and he replaces Jan Siewert following the German's dismissal three matches into the new season.

Sheffield Wednesday, who reportedly considered Cowley before appointing Garry Monk as manager, are the Terriers' opponents at John Smith's Stadium on Sunday.

Garry Monk has been named the new manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls have been seeking a new boss since Steve Bruce controversially left to take charge of Premier League side Newcastle United in July.

Caretaker manager Lee Bullen made his case for the job with three wins from their first four Championship games this term.

But Wednesday have opted for 40-year-old Monk, having previously been linked with Lincoln City's Danny Cowley and ex-Stoke City boss Tony Pulis.

Former Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough manager Monk was sacked by Birmingham City in June.

 

Huddersfield Town's fake home kit stunt has led to the Championship club being fined £50,000 by the Football Association (FA).

The Terriers wore a shirt featuring a giant sash prominent with betting company Paddy Power branding during a pre-season game against Rochdale in July.

Huddersfield quickly announced the kit was not the real strip they would be wearing during the 2019-20 Championship season.

However, the FA charged them with misconduct last month and on Thursday confirmed the punishment handed to the club.

"Huddersfield Town FC has been fined £50,000 and warned as to its future conduct by an independent regulatory commission after admitting a charge in relation to the FA's Kit and Advertising Regulations," said an FA statement.

"Playing kit worn by the club's first team during a pre-season friendly against Rochdale AFC on 17 July 2019 breached FA Regulation C.2(i)."

Fulham have announced they will sign Michael Hector from Chelsea in January for an undisclosed fee.

Defender Hector joined the Blues from Reading in 2015 but has never made a competitive appearance for the club.

He spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, playing in 37 Championship games for the Owls.

The Jamaica international has also had time on loan with Hull City and Eintracht Frankfurt but has committed his future to Fulham until 2022, with the club also holding the option to extend for a further 12 months.

"It was an easy decision to make. My mum's from Fulham, so it’s nice to join a club that some of my family support," Hector told Fulham's official club website.

"It's good to now be a part of the set-up here. Hopefully things can work out well and we can get promoted. I know how tough the Championship is and it won't be any different for us.

"We'll have to work hard for it but the squad is very good and my job will be to help them push for promotion."

Hector will train with Fulham, who are sixth in the Championship table, until completing his move to Craven Cottage at the start of 2020.

Hull City defender Angus MacDonald has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, the club has confirmed.

Tests have shown the 26-year-old is suffering from the early stages of the disease.

The Tigers said in a statement on Wednesday the club will support MacDonald through his recovery.

"Angus has shown great strength of character in the way he has reacted to this news," said Hull's statement.

"The whole Tigers family join together in showing Angus continued love and will support him in his recovery. His physical and mental wellbeing are our number one priority at this moment in time.

"The club kindly requests that supporters and the media respect the privacy of Angus and his family at this time. Please also note that any further updates on his progress will be provided by the club."

MacDonald was restricted to a single Championship appearance last season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis.

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