Liverpool star Gomez out of UCL final and FIFA World Cup

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 08/05/2018

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will miss Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid and the World Cup with England after undergoing ankle surgery.

A confirmation by Liverpool on its website reads: "Liverpool can confirm Joe Gomez has undergone an operation on an ankle injury.

"The surgery, which has now addressed the issue, means the 20-year-old will play no part in the remaining two fixtures of the 2017-18 campaign, or the World Cup finals with England.

"However, Gomez will be ready for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season training schedule in July following a rehabilitation period."

The 20-year-old’s season is over after an operation to correct a long-standing ankle injury. The defender damaged the joint playing for England against the Netherlands in March but, after a month on the sidelines, returned for Liverpool’s Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City with Jürgen Klopp low on options.

Gomez played with pain in both matches and suffered an early knock to the ankle in the draw with Stoke, although completed the full 90 minutes against Paul Lambert’s team. His early comeback from injury, which allowed Klopp to rotate his reduced squad either side of the Champions League semi-final with Roma, has come at a price and the England international will not be available for the final in Kiev on 26 May.