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Mason, 26, forced to retire after fracturing skull

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Ryan Mason of Hull City lies injured after the collision with Gary Cahill of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Ryan Mason, just 26 years old, has been forced to retire from the game.

Following a challenge with Gary Cahill in Hull City’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea last January, Mason fractured his skull and the former Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder has failed to fully recover from his injuries.

In a statement released by Championship side Hull, they revealed that Mason had been advised by “numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons” that a “return to competitive football is not advised.”

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.

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.


Mason moved to Hull from Tottenham in the summer of 2016, while he made his England debut in March 2015, winning his only cap against Italy in a friendly in Turin.

A product of Spurs’ academy, Mason played 70 times for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring four goals. He spent numerous spells out on loan on Yeovil, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon before becoming a regular under Mauricio Pochettino.

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