Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason forced to retire after head injury

Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason forced to retire after head injury

The 26-year-old was involved in a sickening collision of with Chelsea defender Cahill at Stamford Bridge in January 2017 and has not played since.

Les Ferdinand is among the current and former players who are devastated at the news that Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason will have to hang up his boots.

Chelsea added in a tweet: "Everybody at Chelsea Football Club sends our best wishes to Ryan Mason following his retirement".

Mason's retirement from professional football at the age of just 26 was announced on Tuesday and came about as a result of advice from medical experts. I retired when I was almost 40 and then there are some people that have injuries in their early 20s and are never able to play again. "I asked Jesus [Perez] "who is this guy?' And he said 'Ryan Mason, who in the last five seasons has always been on loan and never played because he suffered a lot of injuries".

Whilst Mason ends his career as a Hull player, many will predominantly associate Mason with his boyhood cub Tottenham, where he came up through the ranks to eventually become a first-team player and even an England worldwide.

"Finally, representing my country is an honour that nobody can ever take away from me and something that I am so proud to have achieved".

Mason made a total of 69 Premier League appearances after breaking into the first team at Tottenham.

Hull forward Jarrod Bowen said the Tigers squad were "gutted" for Mason.

The Arsenal star said on Twitter: "Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man .@RyanMason". I think we're all more gutted for him. "All the best Ryan".

In a statement published on the Tigers' official website, Mason offered thanks an gratitude to all those who have supported him throughout his career, from his family to various coaches, as well as those who have helped him recover from his life threatening injury.

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