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Ryan Mason will be retiring at the age of 26 as a result of a fractured skull he suffered against Chelsea in 2017. Mason, who won one cap for England in 2015, had surgery after a clash of heads with defender Gary Cahill. His decision to retire follows “the guidance of numerous world-renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons.” He said he had “worked tirelessly” to play again but “the risks involved had given him no option but to retire.”


Mason started his career with Tottenham and later joined Hull for a club record fee, believed to be about £13m in August 2016. After eight minutes of treatment on the pitch during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in January 2017, he was given oxygen as he was carried off on a stretcher. He had surgery at St Mary's Hospital in London, where he stayed for a week afterwards and has felt “lucky to be alive.”


Mason started training with the club in May last year but an expected return date wasn’t given. In August, Leonid Slutsky said that “the question is not just about football but about his life” when the player went to see a third specialist. The Championship club said in a statement, “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 is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months.”

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