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Published: 11:17 | 6/6/16

Poulter named Ryder Cup vice-captain

Injury rules Englishman out of playing role

Ian Poulter has been named as one of Europe's Ryder Cup vice-captains for the event later this year after his chances of playing were ended by an arthritic foot injury.

The Englishman faces four months on the sidelines with the complaint and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has moved quickly top ensure the 40-year-old can still play a role for the team.

Poulter joins Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn and Paul Lawrie as Clarke's vice-captains with one more to be added over the coming months.

Poulter has played at the past five Ryder Cups and has a terrific record in the biennial event, taking a whopping 14 points from 18 matches.

However, he has been in poor form of late, missing his last two cuts as injury has hampered him and has accepted he must rest it if he is to recover.

Poulter looked on the bright side in a released statement, saying: "When it became clear, given my current foot condition, that I would not be in a position to try and qualify for the team for a sixth time this year or be able to justify a wildcard pick, I was truly honoured and delighted to be asked by Darren to be a vice-captain.

"The best moments of my career have come when I have been wearing the blue and gold crest of Europe on my chest, knowing at the same time that the contest means so much to every player and fan.

"We have a tremendous record in the Ryder Cup in recent times, having played with passion, desire and commitment.

"It is something we should be proud of and, rest assured, I will do everything in my power to maintain that intensity and help Europe's quest to retain the trophy."

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