Injured McIlroy targets March comeback

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Rory McIlroy does not expect to return from injury until the first week of March after suffering a stress fracture to the ribs.

The four-time major champion pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic on Monday as he recovers from early-season damage done at the South Africa Open this month.

And the world number two has now revealed that he is not planning to enter a tournament in February, with the WGC-Mexico Championship earmarked as the event to make his comeback.

He told Fox Sports: "I'm trying to get back for Mexico. That's my timetable for return. I could probably get back before that. 

"For example, if I were to play Honda [the Honda Classic in late February] and then go straight to Mexico, I would be playing two weeks in a row.

"I'd like to ease my way back in gently. Mexico is the perfect time to return because it's four rounds, there's no cut. I can see how everything feels. I have a week off after that. 

"All signs pointed towards Mexico being the one I could come back to and be 100 percent comfortable at. Hopefully it work out that way, and that's when I'm back."