Ryan Mason announced his retirement from professional football on the age of simply 26 on Tuesday (13 February), 13 months after a sickening conflict of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill left the Hull City midfielder with a fractured cranium and in want of emergency surgical procedure.
Regardless of initially being hopeful over a return to the game and having “labored tirelessly” as a way to make actuality, the highly-regarded Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate and one-cap England worldwide was pressured to confess defeat after famend neurosurgeons and neurologists suggested him in opposition to taking part in once more at a aggressive degree.
Following Mason’s announcement, IBTimes UK seems at 5 different gamers which have been pressured to comply with within the footsteps of the likes of soccer luminaries Justin Fontaine and Marco van Basten over current years and retire resulting from harm and different severe health-related points.
After fruitful spells with Crewe Alexandra and Norwich Metropolis, striker Ashton joined West Ham United for a reported £7.25m ($10m) fee, in accordance with the BBC, in January 2006 and helped the membership attain the FA Cup ultimate along with establishing himself as a possible choice for England.
Nonetheless, a damaged left ankle suffered in coaching earlier than a Four-Zero pleasant win over Greece later than summer time – Steve McClaren’s first match accountable for the nationwide crew – blighted the rest of his skilled profession and, although he returned to attain 13 targets in 40 video games for the Hammers and did finally win one worldwide cap in opposition to Trinidad and Tobago, it pressured his retirement in December 2009. Like Mason, he was additionally simply 26.
One-club man King spent 13 years in Tottenham’s senior crew, racked up 323 appearances and captained the membership to League Cup success in 2008, however was persistently hampered by a continual knee drawback that stopped him receiving the total recognition that his expertise definitely merited and restricted him to solely 21 outings and two main tournaments for England.
The centre-back, handed the skipper’s armband at Spurs on the tender age of 23, was 31 when he lastly succumbed to that harm in July 2012, having been primarily unable to coach between more and more fleeting outings beneath Harry Redknapp. Since hanging up his boots he has continued to work for Tottenham as a membership ambassador.
Muamba’s life modified without end throughout one televised and finally deserted FA Cup quarter-final contest at White Hart Lane on 17 March 2012. Taking part in for Bolton Wanderers in opposition to Tottenham, he collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest through the first half and, within the phrases of membership physician Jonathan Tobin, was “in effect dead” for 78 minutes earlier than fortunately being revived in hospital.
The previous Arsenal and Birmingham Metropolis midfielder additionally harboured ambitions of resuming his taking part in profession, however 5 months later signalled his retirement on the medical recommendation he obtained whereas in Belgium for a minor coronary heart operation.
Muamba has since accomplished his Uefa A license, gained a BA Honours diploma in sport journalism and launched a marketing campaign to put in extra defibrillators in public locations.
One other Bolton midfielder sadly unable to achieve his full potential on the pitch, Holden, left with a badly fractured eye socket after an unprovoked city-centre assault in Newcastle that got here throughout his earlier stint as a Sunderland participant, sustained a damaged proper fibula earlier than the 2010 World Cup whereas on obligation with the USA.
That was actually the start of an injury-ravaged few years for the Scottish-born Texan, who later required two procedures on a nasty knee situation suffered in opposition to Manchester United in 2011 and tore his anterior cruciate ligament within the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup ultimate win over Panama.
He skilled a repeat of that latter setback on Underneath-21 obligation for Bolton in 2014 and eventually “stopped fighting his body” in February 2016. Now 32, Holden works as an analyst for Fox Sports activities and, together with NBA legend Steve Nash, is a shareholder in Spanish third-tier outfit RCD Mallorca.
Some of the undeniably gifted German footballers of his technology, midfielder Deisler, earmarked as an actual star of the long run after bursting onto the scene with Borussia Monchengladbach within the late 1990s, underwent 5 knee surgical procedures all through his profession and was pressured to overlook each the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
He joined Bayern Munich from Hertha Berlin on the finish of the 2001-02 marketing campaign, but managed simply 62 Bundesliga appearances over 4 seasons and in addition struggled with despair.
“I now not have any actual religion in my knee. It has been an ordeal,” Deisler said after retiring in 2007, aged 27. “I can now not play with the precise degree of enjoyment and I do not do something by halves.”