Ryan Mason stable after fracturing skull in Hull defeat at Chelsea
Last Updated: 24/01/17 7:25am
Hull's Ryan Mason was visited by club staff on Monday morning and has been talking about the incident which left him with a fractured skull.
Mason was hurt after a horrific clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill, who visited the former Tottenham midfielder in hospital on Sunday evening along with club captain John Terry and assistant boss Steve Holland.
The midfielder was taken to St Mary's Hospital in London, where he underwent surgery on the injury and he is in a stable condition.
Hull confirmed on Monday lunchtime that club captain Michael Dawson, club doctor Mark Waller, head of medical Rob Price and club secretary Matt Wild visited the midfielder.
A Hull statement read: "Ryan has been speaking of the incident and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days. The club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary's."
Mason's family released a statement on Monday evening to express their "sincere thanks and gratitude for the overwhelming support shown to Ryan during what has been an extremely traumatic 24 hours".
It added: "The well wishes and support that we've received as a family from such a large number of players, managers, clubs, fans and everyone involved in football - as well as even from people outside of the sport - has helped to give Ryan and all of the family great strength during this incredibly difficult time.
"We would also like to send a special thank you to the superb medical teams at Hull City, Chelsea and St Mary's Hospital. The manner in which the situation was handled and dealt with was impeccable and we are incredibly grateful for everything that they have done and continue to do."
Mason and Cahill collided in Hull's box after 14 minutes with both medical teams called to the scene as referee Neil Swarbrick stopped play.
Chelsea's centre-half swiftly returned to his feet and readied himself to play again, while Mason received treatment for around six minutes before departing on a stretcher receiving oxygen. David Meyler replaced him.
The injury led to nine minutes added time at the end of the first half, with Costa giving the Blues the lead with 90 seconds remaining.
Gareth Bale, a team-mate of Mason when the pair were at Tottenham, wrote on Twitter: "Get well soon Mase!! Thoughts are with you and your family, stay strong!!!"