Cahill and Cech send warm messages to Ryan Mason after ex-Tottenham player is forced to retire

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Cahill and Cech send warm messages to Ryan Mason after ex-Tottenham player is forced to retire

London, Feb 15: It is heartbreaking to see any sports personnel retiring from the game early because of accidental and health issue and this week the same biting news came out when former Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason announced his retirement from football because of health issue.

The then Hull City player involved in a horrible head clash with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January 2017 while confronting a corner and immediate had to left to pitch while in the concussion.

Later it revealed that the player had endured a fracture in his skull and now just this week the player has announced that with doctor's advice for his safety he now has to hang up his playing boots.

This news has saddened the whole football fraternity and Chelsea captain Cahill, with whom the collision occurred now has posted a heartful message for the player, emphasizing he is devasted to hear the news.

Cahill, 32, tweeted: "Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan.

"Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking.

"Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future."

Another fellow Premier League opponent, Petr Cech who also suffered a head injury of his own in 2006 when a clash with Reading's Stephen Hunt which left him with a depressed skull fracture also reached out the player personally during this period and also now posted a warm message for the 26-year-old.

He wrote: "Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man.

"Although his story didn't finish with an 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".

Mason's former manager Mauricio Pochettino also come out lauding the player's mental strength with whom he worked for two years and suggested that he is open to including the player in his coaching room staff so that he can again involve himself in football.

"It is very sad news but it opens up a massive future . He is 26 but he is an amazing person and has an amazing football brain,’ said the Tottenham manager.

"Of course the door is open to help him; myself, the coaching staff and the club, because we love him and all his family. In the last few days, he was at the training ground. He was talking a lot with us, the coaching staff and John McDermott. 'Don’t worry Ryan because you are going to be a successful person in football outside of the pitch, no doubt about that.'"

Mason also has recently revealed that after retiring from playing, he now wants to return to his boyhood club Spurs which he joined as an eight-year-old and now he hopes to see himself in a future coaching role at his former clubs academy.

Story first published: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 15:28 [IST]
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