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Hull's Ryan Mason retires on advice of neurosurgeons following head injury

Hull's Ryan Mason retires on advice of neurosurgeons following head injury
From ESPN - February 13, 2018

Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has announced his retirement after fracturing his skull in January 2017.

The 26-year-old collided heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in a game at Stamford Bridge and has not played since.

"I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football," Mason said in a statement released on Tuesday. "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. I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017."

Mason joined Tottenham Hotspur as a trainee and made his Spurs debut against Dutch club NEC Nijmegen in a UEFA Cup tie in November 2008.

Mason had loan spells at Yeovil Town, Doncaster, Millwall, Leyton Orient and Swindon Town before returning to Spurs, with whom he made 70 appearances and scored four goals.

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He was called into the England squad and earned his only cap in a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin in March 2015, when he set up Andros Townsend's late equaliser.

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