Hull City Midfielder Ryan Mason Suffers Fractured Skull in Brutal Collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill (Video)

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Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason fractured his skull on Sunday. The terrifying injury occurred just 13 minutes into Hull City’s game against Chelsea.

Mason and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill went up for a header inside the Hull City box, and the top of Cahill’s head smashed into the side of Mason’s. Both players dropped to the ground like sacks of potatoes, and Mason’s teammates immediately signaled for the trainers.

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Mason remained down on the field receiving medical treatment for nine long minutes. Eventually he was removed on a stretcher wearing a neck brace and transported to the hospital for emergency surgery.

On Monday, Hull City shared the good news that Mason is in stable condition and speaking. The club also expressed “quiet confidence” that he will be ready for the start of next season.

Mason will remain in the hospital for several more days, undergoing regular scans to ensure that there is no bleeding in the brain. He’ll also have to avoid watching television or using other electronic devices. However, in time he will be able to embark upon the long, tedious road to recovery.

“Ryan Mason would be expected to follow a gradual return to play protocol and the first step is complete rest, which means no stimulation,” explains Dr. Michael Grey, rehabilitation neuroscientist at the University of East Anglia who specializes in concussion and sports-related head injuries. “Then, after complete rest, comes gentle exercise, all with continuous monitoring to check there are no symptoms, no fatigue or dizziness or headaches.”

Best of luck to Ryan Mason in his recovery.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]

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