Former Millwall loan signing explains decision to retire from playing football


Mason, 26, sustained a fractured skull in a clash of heads with Cahill while defending a corner during his team's defeat and subsequently received treatment for around nine minutes on the Stamford Bridge pitch.

"Devastated to hear today's news from Ryan", he tweeted.

"Of course the door is open to help him; everybody at the club loves him and all his family".

Mason's retirement from professional football at the age of just 26 was announced on Tuesday and came about as a result of advice from medical experts.

Mason had hoped to make a comeback this season but announced on Tuesday, because of further medical advice, that he had been forced to hang up his boots.

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Mason also earned one England cap while still a Spurs player in 2015, playing Italy - coincidentally - in Turin.

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"Finally, representing my country is an honour that nobody can ever take away from me and something that I am so proud to have achieved".

'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.

Mason began his career at Tottenham and had loan spells with Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall and Swindon before joining Hull in a £12m move in 2016.

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Mason stretchered off after the collision with Cahill.

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It read: "Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man.@RyanMason".

'Don't worry Ryan because you are going to be a successful person in football outside of the pitch, no doubt about that'.

"In my three years, nine months he has always been important for us, stepping up and growing up".

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