Former Tottenham player Ryan Mason has announced his retirement from the round leather game following the head injury he sustained in Stamford Bridge in January 2017.Ryan Mason 26, who has just a single cap for the 3-Lions of England has not played a single game since the head clash he had with the Chelsea captain Gary Cahill left him with a fractured skull.Ryan Mason early retirement doesn’t seem to be a good news from the players camp.
The former Spurs man who spent a couple of days in the hospital following his operation said he felt “a little bit lucky to be alive” after the ugly incident
However, Mason current team Hull City has released an official statement on Tuesday confirming the uniqueness of the whole situation.
“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,” read the release.
“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.”
Ryan Mason Early Retirement
Ryan joined Hull back in August 2016 has made over 70 appearances for Spurs, a club he joined as a youth.
Tottenham’s coach Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Ryan as one of the lads that influenced his first years at White Hart Lane and believes the former midfield man has a great footballing mind and will excel in his post-playing career.
After his side dramatic comeback at Juventus, Pochettino was not shy to recount the day he met Mason as a devastated youth player that went on to make over 50 apps under the Argentinian.
Chelsea captain Gary Cahill also sympathized with his fellow compatriot
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.
— Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) February 13, 2018
Ryan Mason Early Retirement
Former Chelsea and current Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech who had a similar experience back in 2006 when he had a sickening clash with Stephen Hunt also sympathized with Mason.
Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man .@RyanMason . Although his story didn’t finish with ultimate happy ending , his determination , attitude and bravery he’s shown during his recovery is something to be admired and an inspiration for others ! All the best Ryan pic.twitter.com/cXASAimV5r
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) February 14, 2018
Ryan Mason will now sought for other careers outside the football pitch and it seems the whole footballing nation wish him well.