Hull's Mason feels lucky to be alive after fracturing skull
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2017 12:28 PM
Chelsea's Gary Cahill, left, and Hull City's Ryan Mason challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
HULL, England (AP) — Hull midfielder Ryan Mason feels lucky to be alive after fracturing his skull during a Premier League game.
The 25-year-old Mason spent more than a week in a London hospital before being released on Monday and there is no indication yet whether he will play again.
"It has been an emotional roller-coaster and I feel lucky to be alive, but I'm happy to say I'm now at home resting and recovering," Mason said Tuesday in a statement.
Mason required surgery following a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill during Hull's 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Jan. 22.
"To have had so many people send messages to me, including from fellow players, clubs (in particular the support shown to me from both Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur) so many fans, as well as the support I have received from the general public around the world has been completely overwhelming," Mason said.
"Each and every message of support really has given me strength and I cannot tell you how much it means to me."
Mason thanked the medical staff at Hull and Chelsea as well as St. Mary's hospital in London.
"I will now be taking each day as it comes and concentrating on my recovery," Mason said.