By now most Spurs fans have heard the news already, so we won’t belabor the point: Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate and former Spurs first-team player Ryan Mason, now a midfielder for Hull City, was hospitalized with a skull fracture after a sickening head-on-head collision with Gary Cahill during Hull’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday. The diagnosis was confirmed by Hull on their official website.
There are some things that transcend football, and serious injury is one of them. Mason was a devoted servant to Tottenham Hotspur during his years at White Hart Lane, and is a player still widely respected by the Spurs fan base. There are pictures of the incident at the point where Cahill and Mason collide in the Getty image library and that are easily available online. Out of respect for Mason and the seriousness of his injury, I’ve decided not to use them.
Mason is apparently conscious in the hospital and communicating with Hull City personnel, but of course it’s way too early to know what kind of impact this may have on his future playing career. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that we all hope that he’s able to recuperate fully and go on to resume his playing career as soon as possible.
Best wishes, Ryan.