Terrible news for Hull’s Ryan Mason
Just 26, Ryan Mason has been forced to retire from the Beautiful Game through injury.
The announcement has been made via Hull City. The Tigers told their fans the following:
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.
Ryan Mason on Instagram
A former Tottenham midfielder, Mason has also taken to social media to confirm his career is sadly over.
In a long message, Mason confirmed that “having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to teh risks involved given the nature of my injury”.
The Hull midfielder thanks his family for all their support in his tough times. He also thanks Hull and Tottenham for the parts they payed in his career.
Mason ended his social media update with an optimistic message:
I’m retiring from the game with my head held high having done everything in my power over these past 13 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 am excited to see where football will take me next.
Ryan Mason was injured against Chelsea back in January 2017.
Mason fractured his skull in a horrific clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
Tottenham & England
Mason joined Hull from Tottenham back in August 2016. Hull paid slightly over £10m for the Tottenham midfielder.
Mason made just 53 league appearances for Spurs in his eight years at White Hart Lane. During his Tottenham career, Mason had loan spells at Swindon, Doncaster, Millwall and Lorient.
Yet he also managed to represent England on one occasion. He played 16 minutes of a friendly against Italy in Turin in 2015.
Spurs reaction to Mason’s news with the following tribute.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2018