Ian Poulter
Poulter ruled out for four months.Getty

Ian Poulter has been named as one of Europe's vice-captains for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Poulter, 40, is unavailable for selection for this year's competition after suffering a foot injury that will rule him out for the next four months.

The Englishman has played pivotal roles in his previous five appearances at the biennial competition against the US, winning 14 points from a possible 18 and inspiring his side to a remarkable comeback at the 'Miracle at Medina' in 2012.

And while he will have no playing role at the Hazeltine National in Minnesota, European captain Darren Clarke has named Poulter alongside Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington as his chief lieutenants.

"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," Poulter said in a statement.

"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."