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Chelsea’s Cahill “devastated” as Mason announced retirement

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Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, centre, Gary Cahill, left, and Tiemoue Bakayoko look dejected after Bournemouth’s third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

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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.

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