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Football game puts Rory McIlroy's Open defence in doubt

The world number one says he’s ‘working hard to get back as soon as he can.’

Updated at 1.30pm

Source: Rory McIlroy/Instagram

RORY MCILROY’S DEFENCE of his Open title is in serious doubt after the golfer announced on Instagram that he’d ruptured the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) playing soccer on Saturday.

The world number one was having a kickabout with friends at the weekend when the incident occurred.

The 26-year old says rehab has already started and that he’s “working hard to get back as soon as possible.”

However, depending on the severity of the injury, the defending champion is not only a doubt for St. Andrews next week, but his entire season may be at risk as recovery time can be anywhere between six weeks and one year.

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The extent of the injury is such that golf reporter Shane O’Donoghue says that it properly assessed for 3-5 days.

Originally published at 11am.

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