Former tour physio says McIlroy is 'up against it'
By Douglas Beattie
LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy is facing a real struggle to be fit for next week's British Open at St Andrews after rupturing ligaments in his left ankle, according to former European Tour physio Jonathan Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday the normal recovery time was 12 weeks for the injury that the 26-year-old Northern Irishman sustained while playing soccer with friends.
"Rory is really up against it to play in the Open," the Englishman explained. "He's going to have to walk around seven or eight miles a day.
"It's hard, a really hard links course, and that's going to take its toll.
"The other thing is the confidence of being able to hit through the ball. As he comes into the follow through he is going to be rolling his ankle over and that is going to pose significant challenges."
Shrewsbury, who worked for the European Tour between 1992-2001, now runs a centre on the outskirts of London helping a range of elite sports professionals.
While he believes McIlroy is unlikely to be fully fit to defend the Claret Jug he won for the first time a year ago, Shrewsbury says the four-times major champion will benefit from having treatment morning, noon and night.
"It's a very, very common injury, many people go through this, from the weekend warrior to elite sports people. It's normally around a 12-week recovery," he added. Continued...