Mason Takes Doctors’ Advice
Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has had to retire from football at the age of just 26.
Mason fractured his skull during a match with Chelsea last night, but he has taken the advice of doctors and decided to quit the game.
“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,” a statement said on the club’s official website.
“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 suffered his injury in a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in a Premier League match between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge. He received treatment on the pitch for eight minutes before being stretchered off. He had surgery at St Mary’s hospital in London where he stayed for a week after the incident.
He returned to training with the rest of the side before the end of May but no return date was specified and Hull’s then boss Leonid Slutsky said in August that Mason would have to see a third specialist because of a conflict of views about his injury.
Mason began his career with Tottenham Hotspur where he made 70 appearances before his sale to Hull for a reported £13million in the summer of 2016. He made just 20 appearances in all competitions for the Tigers before his career-ending injury.
Mason won one England cap when he came on as a substitute in the friendly draw with Italy in Turin in March 2015.