"Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan. Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is
heartbreaking. Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future."
-- Chelsea defender Gary Cahill
, on the retirement of 26-year-old Hull City
midfielder Ryan Mason
, over a year after suffering a fractured skull during a challenge with Cahill on a corner kick. Mason, who admitted he felt “lucky to be alive," never played again.