Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has announced his retirement.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has retired from professional football after current club Hull City confirmed in a club statement that neurologists and neuro surgeons have advised him against a return.
Mason, 26, suffered a fractured skull just over a year ago after clashing heads with Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill, and has now had to admit defeat despite battling hard to continue his professional playing career.
◾️ | It is with deep regret that the Club has to announce, following the head injury suffered on 22nd January 2017, @RyanMason is to retire from football with immediate effect ➡️ https://t.co/ccKiMlH6ZK pic.twitter.com/uNQ6mALO35— Hull City (@HullCity) February 13, 2018
A one-time England international, Mason moved to Hull from Spurs in the summer of 2016 after failing to break into Mauricio Pochettino's side on a regular basis. He made 70 league and cup appearances for the north Londoners.
Tottenham icon Graham Roberts reacted to the devastating news on Twitter, urging Spurs to offer him some sort of coaching role after Mason joined the club at just eight years of age and came through the academy set up.
Mason was renowned for his intricate array of passing in the middle of the park but now he has been forced to hang up his boots and retire from professional football.
Tottenham fans also reacted to Mason's decision to end his career at just 26 years of age, with many describing him as "one of our own" after a 17-year association with the north London club.
Poor Ryan Mason! Really liked the lad when he played for Spurs but now forced to retire as a result of the head injury he picked up against Chelsea. Gutted for him @SpursOfficial @WeRTottenhamTV @RyanMason @HullCity #COYS— Doob (@TubeoftheDOOB) February 13, 2018
Proper sad for Ryan Mason— Mitch (@MitchCoys) February 13, 2018
Our thoughts go out to Ryan Mason who has been forced into retirement.— Last Word On Spurs (@LastWordOnSpurs) February 13, 2018
Let it be known this was the guy who really and truly kick-started the Pochettino era at Spurs without this goal at this time who knows what could have been.#OneOfOurOwn#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/KK7LjoYtJS
You Already know Turin is gonna be drowning with the sound of “there’s only one Ryan mason” #COYS— foxy (@MRFoxy80) February 13, 2018
Absolutely gutted for young Ryan Mason having to retire from the game! #oneofourown— Lewis Bray (@bray_lewis) February 13, 2018