McIlroy shared the sad news on his Instagram account.Rory McIlroy/ Instagram

Rory McIlroy will miss the British Open golf after rupturing ankle ligaments in a soccer kick around with friends.

McIlroy posted a picture of himself on Instagram on crutches saying he will be back as quickly as possible.

But with the British Open next week his chances are slim to none he can make it.

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.

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