Tributes to Ryan Mason have been flooding in from the world of football after he announced his retirement from football.
The former Hull midfielder confirmed his decision to hang up his boots on Tuesday after fracturing his skull 13 months ago during a Premier League game with Chelsea.
The 26-year-old was involved in a collision with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January 2017 which has kept him out of action ever since. The former Tottenham player underwent surgery the day after the horror clash of heads, with Cahill among the supporters who visited him in hospital.
Mason had been on the road to recovery and had been welcomed back into training by Championship side Hull, but on the advice of specialists, he was told to call his time on his nine-year playing career, where he played for seven different clubs and won one cap with England in a friendly against Italy.
Tributes have been flooding in from the great and good of football on Twitter following his retirement announcement:
Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man .@RyanMason . Although his story didn’t finish with ultimate happy ending , his determination , attitude and bravery he’s shown during his recovery is something to be admired and an inspiration for others ! All the best Ryan pic.twitter.com/cXASAimV5r— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) February 14, 2018