Rory McIlroy doubt for Gullane after football injury

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World No.1 Rory McIlroy has suffered a total rupture of his left ankle ligaments, making him a major doubt for this week’s Scottish Open in Gullane and next week’s Open at St Andrews

McIlroy revealed that he suffered the injury 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. He hasn’t officially ruled himself out of the Scottish Open at East Lothian either, although his participation must now be in serious jeopardy.

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.”