Liverpool blow as surgery rules Gomez out of Champions League final

Sherman Parsons
May 10, 2018

The 20-year-old was not part of the squad for Liverpool's last two matches - trips to Roma and Chelsea - and has now had a procedure performed on his injured ankle.

Despite the injury, Gomez, who has played 31 times for Liverpool in all competitions this season, was able to play through the pain and start the Reds' Premier League fixtures against West Brom and Stoke City.

Gomez played 90 minutes at centre-back in the Three Lions' 0-0 draw with Brazil in November, and also played 45 minutes in the goalless stalemate with Germany.

UEFA has announced that Milorad Mazic will referee the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev later this month.

Gomez is also out of England's World Cup campaign, which begins on 18 June against Tunisia.

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Gomez underwent surgery on his ankle Tuesday, Liverpool confirmed as they added they expected the 20-year-old to return to first-team action by July, effectively ruling him out of this summer's World Cup as well.

"I'm going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre season".

Mazic has been an worldwide licensed referee since 2009 is and took charge of four Champions League and two Europa League matches this season.

Gareth Southgate is due to name his World Cup squad shortly after the final weekend of the Premier League season and former Charlton defender Gomez was nearly certain to be included, given his excellent form and versatility.

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