I am lucky to be alive – Mason

Former Hull midfielder, Ryan Mason has spoken of his happiness to be alive desire having to retire early from football, 13 months after suffering a fractured skill in a seemingly innocuous clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.

The former England internationals says he is lucky to be alive, and says he is looking at the next stage of his career. He was told that playing football could endanger his life, and had now made the decision to walk away from the sport that made him famous.

In a league match away at Stamford Bridge last January, Mason challenged Gary Cahill for the ball, but caught the head of the centreback , with both men suffering a collision. Mason was worse for it, getting stretchered off, though the injury was not thought to be this serious that could have ended his career. Mason suffered a fractured skill that could have ended his career, with a host of footballers lending their support to the Tottenham academy graduate.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five after his retirement was announced, the 26-year-old said, ‘It’s been quite sad and emotional but at the same time I’ve had so many good luck messages and positive feedback from my career that it has been nice at the same time. ‘I’m looking forward to the next chapter now.’

Throughout this last 12 to 13 months it has been a constant battle, but I was always confident that I could get back out on the football pitch. ‘But it was probably a week, two weeks ago that I got some pretty conclusive and strong news. ‘I think from day one, recovering, it is just try to be as positive as you can.’ he added.

Prior to his retirement, Mason was a promising English midfielder that had been part of the core of English players at Tottenham before leaving for Hull City in the winter transfer window in January 2016. He won an England cap, in a friendly against Italy in March 2015, providing the assist for Andros Townsend’s late equaliser.

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