​Hull City defender Ryan Mason is reportedly speaking now, having undergone surgery after fracturing his skull whilst playing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Mason clashed heads with Blues captain Gary Cahill in the first half of Hull's 2-0 loss, causing a nine-minute delay in play. Cahill was able to walk away unscathed, and played the full 90 minutes, but the Tigers man was not so fortunate, and had to be stretchered off the pitch.

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He was later taken to a London hospital where it was discovered that he suffered a skull fracture. He has had successful surgery, but will continue to be monitored by medical staff.

Hull released a ​statement regarding the player's status on Monday. 

It reads: "The Club can confirm that Ryan has been visited this morning at St Mary's Hospital by Club Captain Michael Dawson, Club Doctor Mark Waller, Head of Medical Rob Price and Club Secretary Matt Wild.

"Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the Club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary's. 

"Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours."

Hull have a tough schedule ahead, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal set to be their next opponents in the Premier League. They will hope to have Mason back at the soonest, but it's highly unlikely he'll be able to feature in any of those matches.