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By Chineze Ogugua

Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has retired at the age of 26 after his failure to recover from a fractured skull he sustained in a clash with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City last January, when both players contested a corner.

Ryan Mason

The former Tottenham midfielder needed emergency surgery and spent more than a week in hospital because of the injury.

Mason returned to training albeit for fitness purposes but was advised by neurologists to retire to avoid for further complications.

Gary Cahill tweeted a message of support to the player upon the announcement.

Cahill said on Twitter: “Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan. Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking. Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future.”

Chelsea and Hull City also sent their wishes to the former Tottenham midfielder who has only one cap for England.

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