Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has wished Ryan Mason well for the future after the 26-year-old announced his retirement on Tuesday.

The Hull City midfielder fractured his skull during a clash of heads with Gary Cahill in a game against Chelsea 13 months ago. Despite planning a comeback, Mason confirmed that this would not be possible after consulting specialists.

Cech, who suffered a similar injury during his time as a Chelsea player, has remained in close contact with Mason in recent months and saluted the former Tottenham midfielder’s bravery in a tweet posted on Wednesday morning.

‘Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man,’ Cech tweeted.

‘Although his story didn’t finish with ultimate happy ending, his determination, attitude and bravery he’s shown during his recovery is something to be admired and an inspiration for others. All the best Ryan’

Mason revealed how he had been in contact with Cech during an interview given to talkSPORT last October.

“Straight away, he contacted my family, my fiancée and just sort of reassured us that what we were going through was sort of normal and to be expected: not…

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