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Sunday 11 December 2016

Rory McIlroy ruptures his ankle ligaments playing football

Paul McGinley believes Rory McIlroy, pictured, needs to up his game to remain number one

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.

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