Friday 22 March 2019

Cech hails Mason

Tribute: Ryan Mason
Tribute: Ryan Mason

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Ryan Mason should be admired for attempting to resurrect his playing career after suffering a fractured skull.

Cech suffered his own major head injury in 2006 when playing for Chelsea against Reading. He was able to return to action within three months and sympathised with Mason, who on Tuesday accepted medical advice and announced his retirement.

Midfielder Mason, who was capped once by England against Italy in 2015, clashed heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill at Stamford Bridge when playing for Hull 13 months ago.

Mason hoped to return to action but eventually elected to hang up his boots, accepting he would be endangering himself by playing on.

Cech said on Twitter: "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"

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