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Mason is 'stable' after emergency op

By Paul Burrows

Ryan Mason is in a stable condition following surgery on a skull fracture sustained in a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill.

The 25-year-old Hull midfielder was taken to hospital following the nasty collision in the first half of yesterday's game at Stamford Bridge.

Mason was injured going up for a header with the Blues defender and, though Cahill was able to carry on, Mason - who was carried off on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask after receiving eight minutes of treatment - was taken to St Mary's Hospital, where he is expected to stay for another few days after undergoing an emergency operation.

Speaking immediately after the match, Hull manager Marco Silva said: "I imagine in this moment that he will stay in hospital. I hope it is nothing serious, but we'll see. I don't know (if he is awake). The doctor told me he was in the hospital and we await news."

The Tigers last night released a brief statement, which read: "Everyone at the club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary's Hospital."

Cahill echoed the well-wishing sentiments when he said: "I tried to get on the end of the cross. We smashed heads. I wish him all the very best."

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