Hull midfielder Ryan Mason says he feels lucky to be alive after his terrifying head injury that left him requiring emergency surgery.
The 25-year-old fractured his skull against Chelsea earlier this month and spent eight days in hospital before being released on Monday.
Mason had been at St Mary’s Hospital in London after undergoing surgery following a clash of heads with Gary Cahill in the first half of the Tigers’ 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on January 22.
In a statement, Mason wrote: “It has been an emotional rollercoaster and I feel lucky to be alive, but I’m happy to say I’m now at home resting and recovering.
“My fiance & family have read so many messages of support to me over the past week. To have had so many people send messages to me, including from fellow players, clubs (in particular the support shown to me from both Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur) so many fans, as well as the support I have received from the general public around the world has been completely overwhelming.
“Each and every message of support really has given me strength and I cannot tell you how much it means to me.
“The love and support my Mum, Dad, sisters, fiance Rachel and all of my friends and family have shown to me during what has been an extremely traumatic time for all involved has been incredible and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for being there throughout.
“Finally I would like to say a special thank you to all the medical staff at Hull, as well as the medical team at Chelsea and of course the fantastic treatment and support I have received from all of the staff during my stay at St, Mary’s hospital.
“I will now be taking each day as it comes and concentrating on my recovery.”