Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has been forced to retire at the age of 26 as a result of the fractured skull he suffered against Chelsea in 2017.
Mason suffered the head injury during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in January 2017, after he clashed his head with that of the Blue’s defender, Gary Cahill.
After eight minutes of treatment on the pitch, the 26-year-old was given oxygen as he was carried off on a stretcher.
He had been working towards a comeback but will retire on the advice of medical professionals.
The former English international confirmed the news of his retirement in a statement on Tuesday: “I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,” he said.
“I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch,” he said.
“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. That you to my amazing fiancé, Rachel, who has been my by side and lived every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no mater how tough things got. We are so lucky to have now become the parents of our perfect baby boy George.
“To my mum, dad, sisters, and all of my family and close friends, thank you for everything. Despite how tough it’s been and the challenges I’ve faced along the way you’ve all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support.”
Mason started his career with Tottenham and joined Hull for a club record fee, believed to be about £13m, in August 2016.
He won one cap for England in 2015.