PIC: Rory McIlroy will play the USPGA Championship - we think

World number one Rory McIlroy has offered a cryptic clue which suggests he plans to return from injury to defend his USPGA Championship title next week.

PIC: Rory McIlroy will play the USPGA Championship - we think

McIlroy suffered a “total rupture” of ligaments in his left ankle during a game of football with friends on July 4, ruling him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles.

The 26-year-old has yet to say whether he will be able to compete at Whistling Straits next week, but on Friday posted a picture on Twitter which appeared to show the inside of a private plane along with various emojis depicting a US flag, a thumbs-up symbol and a golf flag.

The on-board video screen suggests McIlroy was departing from Faro in Portugal, where the four-time major winner is understood to have been practising.

So there you have it - he’s playing next weekend. Probably.

All this enigmatic tweeting makes us pine for the days of the simple press release.

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