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Oldham have moved to bolster their defensive ranks until the end of the season with the loan acquisition of Liverpool defender Miquel Roque.

The League One promotion hopefuls have endured several injuries to key backline performers this season, with Simon Charlton having joined Stefan Stam in the treatment room after picking up an injury at Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Roque's capture will be seen as somewhat of a coup on the part of Latics boss John Sheridan, given that the 18-year-old has garnered UEFA Champions League experience this season having featured against Galatasaray in early December.

The Catalan-born defender, who can also operate in midfield, arrived at Liverpool in the summer of 2005 from Spanish second tier side Lleida.

Roque figured prominently in Liverpool's 2006 FA Youth Cup-winning side and is thought to be highly regarded by the coaching staff at Anfield.