Hull City confirm Ryan Mason suffered a fractured skull in Chelsea defeat

Mason clashed heads with Gary Cahill in the first-half

Hull City confirm Ryan Mason suffered a fractured skull in Chelsea defeat

Chelsea's Gary Cahill, left, and Hull City's Ryan Mason challenge for the ball. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Hull City midfielder and England international Ryan Mason has spent his Sunday night in a London hospital after sustaining a fractured skull in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old clashed head with Chelsea's Gary Cahill early in the first-half of the defeat. He was treated on the pitch for almost ten minutes, before being taken off on a stretcher.

Despite reports on Sunday night claiming Mason's condition was grave, the club released a statement hours after the game claiming he was in a "stable condition".

"The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon", Hull City's statement read.

"He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. 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."

Cahill continued the game, and scored a goal despite the head clash. He played the 90 minutes and afterwards manager Antonio Conte revealed that the defender struggled for the remainder of the game.

"It was a bad accident with Gary. After the first half, it wasn't really good with Gary, but we decided to continue with him."

A further update on Mason's situation will be released by the club on Monday.