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.

However, the 26-year-old had hoped to be able to resume his playing career with Hull after a lengthy rehabilitation programme, but released a statement today saying he had been forced to admit defeat because of the risks involved.

"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.

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Ryan Mason sustained the injury at Chelsea last year Credit: AP

Hull released a statement confirming the news and expressed their sadness that the midfielder had been unable to resume his career.

“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. 

Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan. Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking. Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future.

— Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) February 13, 2018

“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.

"I feel content knowing that I dedicated my life to be able to play football at the highest level, hard work really does pay off! I love the game, I always will and I’m excited to see where football will take me next."

Source : https://sports.yahoo.com/ryan-mason-retires-football-medical-105118959.html

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