Ryan Mason Retires From Football On Medical Advice Following Fractured Skull
Ryan Mason, the England and Hull City midfielder, has been forced to retire after doctors told him he would put his long-term health at risk if he ever tried to play the game again following a fractured skull.
Mason suffered the injury playing for Hull against Chelsea in January last year, following an aerial collision with England teammate Gary Cahill, and needed life-saving surgery in a hospital in London in which pressure was relieved on his brain.
"I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch,” Mason said in a statement. “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."
Mason was Hull’s record signing, joining from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2016 for £13m as he went in search of regular first team football away from Spurs after graduating from their Academy. He played one game for England, a friendly against Italy, in March 2015.