Rory McIlroy ruptures his ankle ligaments playing football
World number one Rory McIlroy has revealed that he has ruptured ligaments in his left ankle during a football kickabout.
McIlroy announced the news via Twitter, with an accompanying photograph on Instagram showing himself on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
The news comes less than a fortnight after McIlroy was due to defend his Open Championship title, although the Northern Irishman has not yet ruled himself out of the event at St Andrews.
McIlroy tweeted: "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started..... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."
McIlroy was also due to play in the Scottish Open this week to fine-tune his preparations for St Andrews but his participation in both must now be in serious doubt.
The 26-year-old won the Open at Royal Liverpool last year before going on to win another major title, his fourth, at the US PGA Championship.