Taking a tumble during a kickabout with the lads isn’t usually a problem…unless you’re a world golf pro and you’re left facing the prospect of missing one of the biggest tournaments of the year.
Unfortunately that’s the scenario Rory McIlroy has found himself in, since he is now suffering from a “total rupture” of a ligament in his left ankle.
The Northern Irish champ posted a picture on Instagram showing his left leg in a brace as he balanced on a pair of crutches.
Its caption read: “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.”
The Open Championship, held at the home of golf in St Andrews in Scotland, is just days away, but the world number one has refused to rule himself out.
The 26-year-old has already won four major titles so far in his career.
According to the BBC, he will continue to have further scans over the next 48 hours.
Although many golfing fans were thoroughly disappointed by McIlroy’s injury, they also seemed somewhat irritated by his apparent carelessness…
I'm gutted for Rory McIlroy. The Open won't be the same without him. The feckin dope!— Kildare Gunner (@KildareGunner) July 6, 2015
Rory Mcilroy rupturing ankle ligaments playing football ? WTF is he doing playing football during major season? What a costly stupid mistake— Smithy (@Betfairtrader71) July 6, 2015
Gutted for Rory McIlroy picking up that injury, but should have been more careful, considering the tournaments coming up.— sam. (@SamAlexWarren) July 6, 2015
rory mcilroy knackers himself in a kickabout ffs! gutted http://t.co/lafy7zzGIW— rigsy (@rigsy) July 6, 2015
Rory McIlroy = #careless— snookerbacker (@snookerbacker) July 6, 2015
rory mcilroy is a bit of an idiot isn't he— chãrles (@beddington7) July 6, 2015
Rory McIlroy sprained ankle what a stupid boy I have no sympathy what so ever!!— Roger ⛳ (@ROGE2710) July 6, 2015
Rory McIlroy is an idiot. One of the stupidest things I've ever heard. He will be angry at himself but no where near as angry as Nike— Michael Robertson (@M___Robertson) July 6, 2015
Nice to see you being sympathetic, eh guys?
In fairness, many wished him a speedy recovery…
.@McIlroyRory Get well soon. I suffered the same injury in '96 trying to outrun Larson. You'll be back to 100% in no time *single pistol*— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) July 6, 2015
Gutted for @McIlroyRory about his ATFL injury. Rest & rehab mate. Get well soon x— Mark Jarvis (@M1Jarvis) July 6, 2015
@McIlroyRory get well soon, dude.— John Isner (@JohnIsner) July 6, 2015