Liverpool defender Joe Gomez out of World Cup

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez out of World Cup

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez out of World Cup

Liverpool have been hit with another injury blow with the news that ankle surgery will rule Joe Gomez out of the Champions League final.

Since suffering an injury on March 17 in Liverpool's 5-0 win against Watford, the 24-year-old has not played a game since then.

Serb referee Milorad Mazic has been appointed to officiate the UEFA Champions League final pitting Real Madrid against Liverpool on May 26 in Kiev, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced on Monday.

A key member of Jurgen Klopp's defence, Gomez had impressed in the early stages of the season and has appeared 23 times in the top flight this season, while also playing a major role in Liverpool's route to the Champions League final.

The former Charlton Athletic defender posted on his Instagram account: "Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over having undergone successful ankle surgery ..."

Gomez made his England debut in November 2017 against Germany, and has played twice since then. I'm going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre-season.

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also miss the World Cup after sustaining a knee injury, while Adam Lallana is also on the treatment table with a hamstring problem.

The Serbian official has taken charge of four matches in the showpiece competition this term, as well as two Europa League games.

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