Rory McIlroy Ruptures Ankle Ligament While Playing Soccer

CBS New York

LONDON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rory McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer, leaving the world’s No. 1 player in doubt of defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

In a shocking start to the week, McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on his left ankle. He said it was a “total rupture” of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule from kicking around a soccer ball with friends in Northern Ireland.

“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day,” McIlroy said on the post. “Rehab already started…. Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

His spokeman, Sean O’Flaherty, said he was definitely out of the Scottish Open, which starts Thursday at Gullane. O’Flaherty said they would not know until the end of the week the prospects of McIlroy teeing it up at…

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