13 Feb, 13:09
Ryan Mason has been forced to retire on medical advice.
The ex- Hull City, Tottenham and England star has announced his retirement at the age of 26 due to medical issue. Mason fractured his skull in January last year following a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. He underwent surgery after the collision and doctors stabilised his condition. However, following advice from a specialist he has deemed it unsafe to continue with his career.
On Tuesday Mason said that he has decided to hang his boots, "I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury."
Hull City’s statement
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 neurosurgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised.