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Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid takes down Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid takes down Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid takes down Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

Real Madrid's injury woes are mounting ahead of next week's Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool, as it was confirmed skipper Sergio Ramos will miss both legs of the tie.

The 35-year-old defender picked up the injury while on international duty and his absence will deny Liverpool a chance to lock horns with the player who inflicted an injury on Mohamed Salah when the two sides last met in the 2018 Champions League final.

"I was training on the pitch and I noticed a puncture in my left calf. Today I have been tested and it has been confirmed that I have a muscle injury," he wrote on Instagram.

"If there is something that hurts me, it is not being able to help the team in these highly demanding matches in which we play the season and also not being able to return the love and energy that you transmit to me on the pitch.

"I can't do anything but speak frankly, work hard and cheer on the team with my soul."

Salah had already insisted in an interview with Marca published earlier this week that he was not focused on getting revenge on Ramos, but his absence is a blow to Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane's side have had an injury hit season and will be without Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos and Fede Valverde for the first leg at least.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's players appear to have come through the ill-timed international break unscathed, with boss Jurgen Klopp set to give an update on the fitness of his key men on Friday ahead of a crunch Premier League game at Arsenal on Saturday night.

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