Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, over a year after suffering a fractured skull during a challenge with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
It was an ordinary challenge that ended in horrifying fashion, and Cahill remains shook up when it comes to his part in the deal.
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Mason admitted he felt “lucky to be alive” after going head-to-head with Cahill, but returning to training in June didn’t progress to a return to the playing field.
Having made 494 senior appearances for Chelsea, Bolton, Aston Villa, Burnley, and Sheffield United, the 32-year-old Cahill has been involved in more than a few scary challenges, but nothing like this.
Ryan Mason, just 26 years old, has been forced to retire from the game.
Following a challenge with Gary Cahill in Hull City’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea last January, Mason fractured his skull and the former Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder has failed to fully recover from his injuries.
In a statement released by Championship side Hull, they revealed that Mason had been advised by “numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons” that a “return to competitive football is not advised.”
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 moved to Hull from Tottenham in the summer of 2016, while he made his England debut in March 2015, winning his only cap against Italy in a friendly in Turin.
A product of Spurs’ academy, Mason played 70 times for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring four goals. He spent numerous spells out on loan on Yeovil, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon before becoming a regular under Mauricio Pochettino.
It was likely the worst head-on collision since Petr Cech‘s accident back in his Chelsea days, but thankfully Ryan Mason is training once again with Hull City.
The 26-year-old posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday as the Tigers midfielder looks to regain full health following Mason’s January 22 collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
In Mason’s first season with the Tigers, the Englishman tallied two goals in 20 Premier League appearances after joining the club from Tottenham last summer.
Mason and Hull will play in the Championship next season after the club was relegated from the PL during the 2016/17 season.
Ryan Mason was released from the hospital on Monday following a life-saving operation to repair the fractured skull he suffered in a head-to-head collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill last weekend.
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The 25-year-old will now continue his recovery at home, with an eye toward perhaps returning to the field at the start of the 2017-18 season. On Tuesday, Mason made his first public statement since the terrifying incident, thanking everyone the world over for their support and well wishes over the last nine days, as well as the medical staffs of Hull City and Chelsea, whom were extraordinarily quick in rushing to provide care in the seconds and minutes after he hit the playing surface at Stamford Bridge.
Mason admits he “feels lucky to be alive” after a week and a half of riding an “emotional rollercoaster” with those closest to him. “My fiancee and family have read so many messages of support to me over the past week,” he shared via his Twitter account (below tweet). “Each and every message of support really has given me the strength and I can not tell you how much it means to me.”
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Hull City’s Ryan Mason suffered a skull fracture against Chelsea last week, sending the Tigers’ big summer signing to St. Mary’s hospital in London.
Mason, 25, was top of mind for many soccer fans following the injury, and many teams paid tribute to him before or during their matches. Hull wore “Mason 25” warm-up shirts before its midweek EFL Cup leg against Manchester United.
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Encouraging updates continued Monday, with the Tigers announcing that Mason had left the hospital.
“Ryan will now continue his recovery and early stages of rehabilitation at home and the Club would once again like to place on record its thanks to everybody who has been involved in Ryan’s care so far,” reads a club release.
Hull’s medical team has been widely praised for its quick and appropriate response to Mason’s injury. There is always the potential for disaster when highly-tuned athletes compete at such high speeds, and incidents like this recall medical reactions in other sports like the Buffalo Bills medical team’s response to Kevin Everett’s spinal injury in 2007.
Well done, Hull.