Former Spurs and England midfielder Ryan Mason has been forced to retire at the age of 26 on medical grounds, reports The Sun.
Mason who had moved to Hull City in August 2016 was playing against Chelsea in the Premier League last January, when he was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Gary Cahill following a corner. After extensive treatment on the pitch, Mason was rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery having fractured his skull.
Since then he has worked tirelessly to get back to fitness and return to playing but, after consulting numerous neurologists and top surgeons, he has now had to concede defeat and hung up his boots. In a statement released by Hull, Mason wrote “I can confirm that following specialist medical advice, I am having to retire from professional football.”
The player joined the Spurs academy system and worked his way up through their various youth teams and via loan spells at the likes of Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers to make 70 appearances for his boyhood club in various competitions. He earned his one solitary England cap away to Italy in a friendly in March 2015.
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