Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason needed emergency surgery after fracturing his skull when he clashed heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
and was in a ‘stable condition’ on Sunday night after a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
The Hull City star, 25, was treated on the pitch at Stamford Bridge before he was carried off and rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Hull released a statement on Sunday night which said: ‘The club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.
‘Everyone at the club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by the accident and emergency department and neurosurgery unit at St Mary’s Hospital.’
Cahill also needed treatment before he was able to return. He scored the second goal late in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory. For home supporters there were chilling echoes of an injury to their former goalkeeper Petr Cech, who fractured his skull during a game at Reading in 2006.
‘We smashed heads,’ said Cahill immediately after the game. ‘There was a massive impact and I know he went off. I wish him all the best and I hope there is no serious injury for him.’
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte added: ‘First of all, everyone at Chelsea wants to wish him the best. It was a bad accident with Gary. After the first half, it wasn’t really good with Gary, but we decided to continue with him.
‘It was very bad, this accident. Everyone at Chelsea hopes to see Ryan Mason recover and back on the pitch very soon.’