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Hull City player Ryan Mason had been forced to announce his retirement from the game after a head injury that has terminated his career at just the ripe age of 26.

Mason was involved in a horrible head collision with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January 2017. The clash left Mason with a fractured skull and it was announced yesterday that he had officially retired from playing on advice of medical professionals.

Hull released a statement, thus: “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.

“Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the Club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months.”

Gary Cahill was moved by his retirement which resulted from their collision and has sent a message to Mason.

Cahill wrote 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.”

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