Ryan Mason has retired from football on medical advice following the head injury he suffered 13 months ago, his club Hull City have announced.
Mason, who came through the ranks at Tottenham before joining Hull in 2016, underwent emergency surgery to repair a fracture to his skull in January 2017 after a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill .
He told talkSPORT in an exclusive interview last October that he was desperate to return after a steady recovery period.
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But the 26-year-old revealed on Tuesday that, after seeking medical advice, he has "no option" other than to hang up his boots for good.
A statement released by Hull City declared: "It is with deep regret that the Club has to announce that, following the head injury suffered on 22nd January 2017, Ryan Mason is to retire from football with immediate effect.
"Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised.
"Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the Club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months."