RICHARD KEOGH has shown off the scars of his horror knee injury for the first time.
The veteran defender has been ruled out for a year having suffered serious injuries in a car crash after a boozy night out with his Derby team-mates.
The championship club last month sacked their captain after an internal investigation ruled him guilty of gross misconduct.
Keogh, 33, is appealing that decision - which effectively ended his contract early when it still had 18 months left to run.
And the defender is still hopeful of making a full recovery and return to playing action even though it is not thought he will be fit enough for another 12 months.
Keogh has taken up the offer of continuing his rehabilitation by linking up with the Republic of Ireland squad while they are together.
And the player was pictured going through his paces on an exercise bike as he stepped up the rehab needed to build the strength back up in his knee.
It will be a long road back for the Irish international after damaging both the anterior and medial cruciate ligaments in his left knee.
The scars are visible on the inside of his left knee, but he has been able to begin light work to improve the movement in his joint.
He was in a buoyant mood as he joked around with Irish team-mates Shane Duffy and David McGoldrick at the Sport Ireland Institute in Dublin.
Keogh was hurt when he was a passenger in a car being driven by Derby team-mate Tom Lawrence which crashed into a lamppost.
Lawrence and fellow Rams star Mason Bennett pleaded guilty to drink driving following the smash - and both were further disciplined by the football club.
But neither were hurt in the incident in September, and only the stricken Keogh had his contract terminated.