Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason suffered a fractured skull after a head-to-head collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill during an English Premier League game on Sunday.
While a report by The Mirror said Mason, 25, is “fighting for his life,” Hull City said in a statement issued by the club that he is in “stable condition.”
You can watch video of the horrific collision below:
“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,” Hull City said in a statement. “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 both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital,” the statement said.
Mason was down on the ground for about nine minutes and was given oxygen by medics on the field. He was taken off to a hospital by stretcher.
Cahill was also injured, but was able to continue playing.
“We smashed heads, there was a massive impact and I know he went off. I wish him all the best,” he told reporters, according to The Mirror.
The injury happened in the first half of what would be a 2-0 Chelsea victory.
Mason, who previously played for Tottenham and spent time on loan with several English clubs, joined Hull City before the 2016 season.
He has scored two goals this season for Hull.