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World's number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy says ruptured ligament in left ankle playing soccer

  • In this image released Monday July 6, 2015 by world number one golfer Rory Mcilroy shows him as he poses on crutches and with his left leg in a medical support. McIlroy  ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than two weeks before the start of his British Open title defense. The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday July 6, 2015 on his Instagram account, only saying that he is "working hard to get back as soon as I can." (Rory McIlroy via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this image released Monday July 6, 2015 by world number one golfer Rory Mcilroy shows him as he poses on crutches and with his left leg in a medical support. McIlroy ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than two weeks before the start of his British Open title defense. The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday July 6, 2015 on his Instagram account, only saying that he is "working hard to get back as soon as I can." (Rory McIlroy via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - A Sunday, June 21, 2015 file photo of Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watching his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. World number one Rory McIlroy has ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than before the start of his British Open title defense. The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday, July 6, 2015, on his Instagram account, only saying that he is “working hard to get back as soon as I can.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    FILE - A Sunday, June 21, 2015 file photo of Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watching his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. World number one Rory McIlroy has ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than before the start of his British Open title defense. The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday, July 6, 2015, on his Instagram account, only saying that he is “working hard to get back as soon as I can.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - A Sunday, June 21, 2015 file photo showing Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, walking off the second green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. World number one Rory McIlroy has ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than before the start of his British Open title defense. The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday, July 6, 2015, on his Instagram account, only saying that he is “working hard to get back as soon as I can.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    FILE - A Sunday, June 21, 2015 file photo showing Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, walking off the second green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. World number one Rory McIlroy has ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than before the start of his British Open title defense. The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday, July 6, 2015, on his Instagram account, only saying that he is “working hard to get back as soon as I can.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)  (The Associated Press)

World number one Rory McIlroy says he has ruptured ligament in left ankle while playing soccer.

The Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement on his Instagram account, only saying that he is "working hard to get back as soon as I can."

McIlroy says he suffered a "total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday."

McIlroy adds that he is "continuing to assess (the) extent of injury."