By Jack Bezants for MailOnline
Published: 11:51 GMT, 1 January 2018 | Updated: 11:52 GMT, 1 January 2018
Hull midfielder Ryan Mason has shown the huge scar he was left with on the side of his head after surgery on a fractured skull following a collision with Chelsea's Gary Cahill last January.
In a Twitter post reflecting on what was a challenging 2017, Mason told fans he is coming back stronger and also shared a picture with his son George, born on December 20.
'It’s hard to put into words the year I have had,' Mason wrote. 'It’s been a physical and mental challenge that I am proud to have overcome, and to end the year holding my son in my arms is a special feeling. Coming back stronger!'