Hull City Footballer Ryan Mason, 26, Forced To Retire After Fractured Skull Injury

The Hull City midfielder and former England international suffered a fractured skull when he collided with Chelsea's Gary Cahill during a match at Stamford Bridge in January 2017, and has not been allowed to play since.

He had been working towards a comeback, but announced on Tuesday he was retiring on doctors' advice.

Image: Mason has been forced to retire at the age of 26

He said he had "no option" but to bow out, thanking the support of his "incredible" teammates, family and friends.

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

Ryan Mason
Image: Mason says he is 'proud' to have played for 'the club I love'

"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.

"I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017."

Ryan Mason made his England debut earlier this year
Image: Ryan Mason was picked to join the England squad

Mason added: "I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love.

"To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride.

"Thank you to all of my teammates over the years - there are too many to mention. It's been a privilege to play alongside you all."

Source : https://news.sky.com/story/hull-city-footballer-ryan-mason-26-forced-to-retire-after-fractured-skull-injury-11248851

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