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Skull fracture sends midfielder Mason into retirement

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Hull City's English midfielder was forced to retire from after a year off the pitch due to a suffered during a English (EPL) match, the 26-year-old announced on Tuesday.

Mason suffered a head-to-head collision with Chelsea defender during a game at here on January 22, 2017, and had to undergo an emergency operation, reports

"I can confirm that medical advice, I am having to retire from playing professional football," said Mason, through a statement published on Hull City's website,

"I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury," explained the Englishman, who played 69 games in with Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Mason, raised in the lower teams of Tottenham Hotspur, came to Hull City as a star reinforcement in the summer of 2016 for 13 million pounds ($18 million), a record signing for the club.

At the time of his injury, he was one of the most promising English midfielders and was capped once with the England team.

"I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love. To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride. Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, there are too many to mention, it's been a privilege to play alongside you all," he said.

"I'm retiring from the game with my head held high having done everything in my power over these past 13 months to have given myself every opportunity to return to the pitch," the said in the note.

Mason returned to working out Hull City trainers in May of 2017, although he never specified a date for his return.



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:44 IST