Former England international Ryan Mason has announced his retirement from football after seeking medical advice.
The midfielder suffered a horrific head injury in January 2017 after clashing with Chelsea captain Gary Cahill at Stamford Bridge.
He was given oxygen on the field after the incident and transferred to St Mary’s hospital in London and spent eight days undergoing emergency surgery.
Mason suffered bleeding on the brain and had 14 metal plates and 42 staples inserted into his skull by neurosurgeons in Paddington.
And despite a lengthy road to recovery, Mason has decided not to return to action with Hull City after being advised by a number of surgeons.
Hull City released the following statement on Tuesday: “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 neuro surgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised.
Hull City’s next fixture is coincidentally a trip to the Bridge on Friday night for an FA Cup fixture at the scene of the horror injury.