At the age of 26, Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason call it time as he announced his retirement from football following a fractured skull he suffered in 2017 against Chelsea.
Mason, who started his career with Tottenham Hotspur and joined Hull for a club record fee in August 2016, sustained a horrific injury in a clash of heads over Blues’ defender Gary Cahill during a Premier League match last January 2017.
After the incident, Mason was brought to St. Mary’s Hospital in London and underwent surgery, inserting 14 metal plates and 42 staples into his skull. (Don’t forget to check 12BET for more Soccer Betting Tips)
The one-cap England midfielder has hoped to comeback following his training with the club in May last year but after consultations and medical advice with specialists, he has been forced to hang up his boots.
Moving forward, Mason was grateful for the unending support of the club who he said gave him the possible chance of making a playing return. (Sign Up now for more updated news and sports events)
“I have to thank the Chairman, the medical team and absolutely everybody associated with the Club. It has been a very, very difficult time in my life but the Club has been fully supportive of me, patient with me and respected how I wanted to go about things. These people gave me the best possible chance of getting back out onto a football pitch. That is something that we all wanted, but we now realize that it is not realistic and not possible. I will come to terms with that and the Club knows that I have continued to give 100 per cent. Once again, I just want to say ‘thank you’ to everybody that has helped me.
“Recently a CT scan showed some things that were a bit more than we realized. That changed my decision and I can’t carry on when there is no end goal. It’s a unique position to be retiring at the age of 26, but I’m excited about the future. I’m retiring from the game with my head held high having done everything in my power over these past 13 months to have given myself every opportunity to return to the pitch.”
On the other hand, Hull City released a statement and said: “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 has made 20 appearances and scored twice for the Tigers.
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