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McIlroy suffers severe ankle injury ahead of Open

The world No.1 won the Open at Royal Liverpool last year before claiming another major at the US PGA Championship

By Mitch Phillips

Rory McIlroy’s defence of golf’s Open Championship has been thrown into doubt after he said on Monday that he had ruptured ankle ligaments in a friendly football match with his friends.

“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout,” McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account.
“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,” he said, alongside a photograph showing his left ankle in a heavy bandage and brace.

McIlory’s showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19.

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