Diego Costa marked his return to the Chelsea team with a goal in a 2-0 victory over Hull City but the game was marred by a serious head injury suffered by Ryan Mason.
Messages of support have been sent to Mason after the Hull midfielder suffered a fractured skull.
He is in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery at St Mary’s Hospital in London following a clash of heads with Gary Cahill during the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.
The 25-year-old is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.
Footballers immediately took to Twitter to show their support for the Hull midfielder with former teammates Gareth Bale and Harry Kane leading the way.
Just got the updates about @RyanMason.. sad to hear, hope you will recover fast !!! All our prayers and thoughts are for you tonight 🙏🙏🙏— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 22, 2017
Just heard news about Ryan mason.... Awful, sending thoughts and prayers hoping that he pulls through...— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) January 22, 2017
During times like these teams and colours make no difference. Get well soon @RyanMason 🙏— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) January 22, 2017
Thoughts are with Ryan Mason and his family. Awful. Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 22, 2017
Get well soon @RyanMason 🙏🏻 I'm sure you'll recover quickly.— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) January 22, 2017
Hope ryan mason makes soeady recovery 🙌🏽🙌🏽— Andre Gray (@AndreGray7) January 22, 2017
Take care @RyanMason I hope you make a speedy recovery young man! Thinking of you kidda and thoughts are with your family!— Dion Dublin (@DionDublinsDube) January 22, 2017
Thoughts and prayers with Ryan Mason... fingers crossed makes speedy recovery!
— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) January 22, 2017
Hope Ryan mason is ok. Looked a bad one 🙏🏿
— Darren Bent (@DarrenBent) January 22, 2017
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