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Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason returns to training following horrific head injury

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Gary Cahill of Chelsea bangs heads with Ryan Mason of Hull City during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Gary Cahill of Chelsea bangs heads with Ryan Mason of Hull City during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Hull midfielder Ryan Mason has made his first return to the club's training ground after suffering a serious head injury in January.

The Tigers' club-record signing, 25, who fractured his skull during Hull's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on January 22, visited team-mates and staff in Cottingham on Friday.

"The club was today delighted to welcome back Ryan Mason to the University of Hull training ground for the first time since sustaining a skull fracture in our Premier League fixture away at Chelsea in January," Hull said in a statement.

"The 25-year-old midfielder met up with players and staff at the training ground this afternoon.

"There will be no further comment from the club with regards to Ryan's return to the training ground.

"We also ask that people continue to respect Ryan and his family's privacy during his rehabilitation period."

Mason clashed heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill 13 minutes into the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge and later had surgery at St Mary's Hospital in London.

The England midfielder joined Hull from Tottenham in August last year for a club-record undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £10million.

He made his Tigers debut in a 1-1 draw at Burnley in September and has scored one goal in 16 league appearances.

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