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Hull City footballer forced to retire aged just 26

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After initially hoping for a swift return, recent medical results have given Ryan Mason no choice but to withdraw from football and announce his retirement.

Head injury

After clashing heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January 2017, Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has been forced to announce his retirement from the game. Mason underwent surgery after the incident. Although he had been working on his return, he recently announced that it will now not be possible.

Mason spent eight minutes receiving treatment on the pitch after the collision and spoke of feeling lucky to be alive after his surgery. He returned to training with the Tigers four months later but after recent advice from top specialists, he was forced to put out a statement confirming his retirement.

Reaction

Players and managers past and present sent their good wishes to Mason after the announcement, with Gary Cahill sending his love after hearing the devastating news. Hull City manager Nigel Adkins wished him luck and echoed the thoughts of many by calling him a top professional.

Hull players huddle before Leicester City at home, 2016

Mason’s former boss, Tottenham manager Maurico Pochettino, stated that the door was open for him to help Mason. He spoke of him being amazing and special and told him not to worry as he will be a very successful person outside the pitch.

Career-ending injuries

Of course, Mason’s injury is not the first one that has ended a playing career. Former Irish international star Kevin Doyle announced his retirement in 2017 after suffering from reoccurring headaches caused by heading the ball. Other players have been lucky, with former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech sustaining a fractured skull after a clash with the boot of Reading’s Stephen Hunt. After being out for three months, the shot-stopper now wears protective headgear to prevent any further injuries.

With much scrutiny placed on the frequency of head injuries in football, many have called on team coaches to adapt their training routines. By implementing different soccer training drill videos, such as those found at https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Soccer/drills.jsp, coaches may be able to look into alternative strategies to keep the ball low and prevent head injuries.

Although his retirement means we have seen the last of Mason on the pitch, offers of work within the footballing industry will surely not be few and far between.