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Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos to miss out on crucial Champions League clash with Liverpool

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It’s been almost three years since Real Madrid last won the UEFA Champions League, and the reigning La Liga champions are eager to advance further in the tournament after losing in the Round of 16 in 2020.

This year, the Spanish club is facing reigning Premier League champions, Liverpool, in an exciting quarterfinal draw. However, they will need to get past Reds without team captain Sergio Ramos, who will miss the quarterfinal due to a muscle injury.

Ramos suffered the injury while playing for the Spanish national team, which defeated Kosovo, 3-1, on Wednesday. He came in the World Cup qualification match at the 86th minute but suffered an injury that was confirmed by tests on Thursday, which the club confirmed as an inner calf injury in a statement.

In an Instagram post, Sergio Ramos expressed disappointment that he wouldn’t be able to help Real Madrid in the quarterfinals against Liverpool.

“What hurts most is not being able to help the team in these vital games of the season and not being able to give something back on the pitch for all the love and energy you send me,” Ramos said. “All I can do is speak frankly, work hard and support the team with my soul.”

It wasn’t the first injury that the Spaniard suffered this season, as he had just returned from a torn meniscus that he suffered back in January. His first match after undergoing surgery was back on March 13, and he had been playing for less than a month before going down with another injury.

Zinedine Zidane’s side would have to play without Ramos at the back against Mo Salah. Ramos’ last meeting against Liverpool came in the 2018 Champions League Final when he challenged Salah which resulted in a shoulder injury for the Egyptian striker. Real Madrid went on to win the match 3-1, for their third straight Champions League title.