Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

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The former Tottenham and England midfielder fractured his skull after clashing with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January 2017. 

Mason underwent life saving surgery after the game during which doctors inserted 14 metal plates and 42 staples into his skull after he suffered a bleed on the brain. 

However, a year on from the devestating injury, Mason has confirmed he will retire from the game on medical advice. 

“I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,” he said.  

“I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.”

Hull, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season, said: “It is with deep regret that the Club has to announce that, following the head injury suffered on 22nd January 2017, Ryan Mason is to retire from football with immediate effect.”

“Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised. 

“Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the Club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months.”

Mason spent eight days in St Mary’s Hospital in London following the emergency surgery and has been desperately working hard to return to the game. 

However, the Enfield-born midfielder has admitted he has no option but to retire.

In the emotion statement, Mason thanked his friends, family and staff at Hull for their support in the wake of the injury. 

“Thank you to my amazing fiancé, Rachel, who has been by my side and lived every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no matter how tough things got,” he said. 

“We are so lucky to have now become the proud parents of our perfect baby boy George.

“To my Mum, Dad, sisters, and all of my family and close friends, thank you for everything. Despite how tough it’s been and the challenges I’ve faced along the way you’ve all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support.

“I would like to thank everyone at Hull City, especially The Doc Mark Waller and all of the medical team for helping me to recover. Thank you to the Chairman and the board for being so patient with my recovery and sticking by me.”

Mason, who started his career with Spurs, had loan spells with the likes of Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall and Swindon before joining Hull in 2016.

He made 70 appearances for Tottenham, finding the back of the net four times before making his £13million switch to Hull in 2016. 

The 26-year-old appeared 20 times for the Tigers, scoring twice for the now Championshio side. 

He won his sole England cap against Italy in March 2015.



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