Derby have reportedly told injured Captain Richard Keogh to accept a massive pay cut if he is to stay at the Championship club.
And the 33-year-old has just two weeks to decide whether to accept the new terms or face the sack for gross misconduct.
Keogh suffered serious knee injuries in the aftermath of an alcohol-fuelled team bonding night last month and is now faced with two issues the pains and the decision to be made in a jiffy over his future in the club.
He was in the back seat of team-mate Tom Lawrence’s Land Rover Sport when it crashed into a lampost, causing Keogh anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament damage and facing 15 months on the sidelines.
Lawrence and Mason Bennett were handed two-year driving bans earlier this month and ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service.
Keogh’s £25,000-a-week contract runs out at the end of next season and it is believed his current deal will be amended if he agrees to new terms. He has been told to take pay cup on his £1.3m wages.
He will have only six months left when he finally makes his expected return to first-team action next December.
A Derby spokesman said: ‘The process is ongoing and in order not to prejudice any of that process we will not be making any comment until the conclusion of our investigation.’
Last Wednesday Keogh was pictured for the first time since the crash as he attended Derby’s 1-0 win over Wigan at Pride Park.