CHELSEA came out 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge, however, their win was overshadowed as Hull midfielder Ryan Mason suffered a horrible head injury.
The 25-year-old was involved in a head to head clash with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill on the 13th minute and was treated for a significant period before being stretched off and taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Hull released a statement a few hours after the game stating that Mason received surgery and was in a stable condition.
“The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon.
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.
Diego leads the line
The first half wasn’t jam-packed with Chelsea efforts as Hull were able to defend well and limit the Blues efforts on goal. However, Diego Costa would be able to show his clinical instincts once again this season, when he converted a Victor Moses cross in the seventh minute of injury time in the first half. Costa’s goal was his 52nd Chelsea goal on his 100th appearance for the club.
Hull continued their defensive tactics in the second half and had a claim for a penalty when Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso clipped City striker Abel Hernandez,however,Hull’s penalty claims fell on death ears.
Hull continued to desperately avoid conceding but gave up a freekick which Cesc Fabregas gladly took and picked out Gary Cahill to secure the 3 points for Chelsea. The assist for Fabregas would put him third in all-time Premier League assists, behind only Ryan Gifts and Frank Lampard.
After the game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted that it was a very difficult game but was pleased with the result.
“This game was very difficult for us.
“It is not easy to play this type of game. I think our opponent played very good, had good organisation and made it difficult for us.
“We are in the second part of the season and every game is now very tough for us and also for the other teams.
Next up for the Blues will be an FA Cup tie at home to fellow London club Brentford on Saturday.