Ian Poulter’s Ryder Cup hopes doubtful as foot harm guidelines golfer out for 4 months

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Ian Poulter is predicted to overlook the subsequent 4 months of the season because of a foot harm, successfully ending his possibilities of qualifying routinely for the Ryder Cup.

Poulter is at the moment 42nd on the European Factors checklist, however might nonetheless function at Hazeltine as considered one of European captain Darren Clarke’s 5 vice-captains.

Clarke appointed Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington final week, with Poulter, Lee Westwood and Jose Maria Olazabal understood to be in rivalry for the remaining locations.

“I am obviously disappointed to be in this situation, especially during a Ryder Cup year,” Poulter stated in an announcement. “Right now, rest and rehab take priority in me returning to full strength later this season. I look forward to resuming a full schedule as soon as I am able.”

Poulter’s physician, Ara Suppiah, added: “Ian has been hampered by an arthritic joint in his proper foot for the most effective a part of two and a half years.

“The situation has progressed quickly over the past yr warranting quite a few cortisone photographs (inside therapeutic limits) to permit him to play. Sadly, he continues to be in ache while strolling and practising.

“Additional cortisone photographs run the true threat of thinning the bones (osteopenia) and stress fractures, which could require remedy in a forged and important time away from the sport.

“We feel that the best option at this stage is to take some time off to allow complete recovery and rehabilitation (including customised orthotics and modification of footwear) of his foot. This will give him the best chance of returning to the game sooner and preventing further deterioration of the affected joint.”