Ankle Injury Delays Chesney Tour Kickoff

After suffering a torn ligament in his right ankle, Kenny Chesney is rescheduling the opening four shows of his Somewhere in the Sun tour.

After suffering a torn ligament in his right ankle, Kenny Chesney is rescheduling the opening four shows of his Somewhere in the Sun tour. "Hopefully this will only be a short setback," the country star says in a statement. "And you can bet I'm gonna be real serious about my physical therapy 'cause I wanna be in fighting shape and good to go for the shows."

Despite the move of shows scheduled for March 10-13 in Green Bay, Wis., St. Paul, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., Chesney will still make his planned appearance Wednesday (March 9) at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which is a less physically taxing gig than the performer's tour shows.

Somewhere in the Sun will now open March 17 in Tupelo, Miss., with Uncle Kracker and Gretchen Wilson opening. The Green Bay shows have been rescheduled for March 23-24, with the Fargo date moved to March 25 and St. Paul booked for the next night. Tickets for the originally scheduled shows will be honored at the new dates.

Exact details of where and when the injury occurred have not been revealed, with an extensive statement saying only, "It could happen to anyone: stairs, suitcases, a turn -- and then a fall."

"He's going to have to undergo extensive and immediate physical therapy and rehab," Dr. Burton Elrod explains. "[But] because he's so athletic and in such good shape, he is going to heal a lot better and quicker than most people."

Chesney adds that he contacted the National Football League's Tennessee Titans to get a Game Ready boot regularly used by ailing players in an attempt to speed up the healing process. "We're doing everything we can," he says.

As previously reported, Chesney is nominated for five Academy of Country Music Awards, including entertainer of the year and album of the year for last year's "When the Sun Goes Down" (BNA).

Like that set, the artist's recently released album "Be as You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair," opened at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart.