Hull boss Marco Silva ahead of EFL Cup tie with Man United: Let's do it for Ryan Mason
Ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United, the Hull head coach has revealed how his players are coming to terms with the horrific broken skull suffered by midfielder Ryan Mason in the 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.
The England international is recovering after emergency surgery following an accidental clash of heads with Blues defender Gary Cahill.
Silva and his squad plan to visit the 25-year-old in hospital in London before this weekend's FA Cup trip to Fulham.
Ryan Mason suffered a broken skull during Hull's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea
Before then they will look to overhaul a two-goal first-leg deficit against Jose Mourinho's side at the KCOM Stadium. They hope to be able to dedicate a stunning comeback win to their stricken star as they bid to seal an unlikely place in next month's Wembley final.
Fans plan to show their support for Mason by applauding in the 25th minute, and Silva's squad will also wear a 'Mason 25' shirt during the warm up.
The Hull chief hopes Mason's fighting spirit as he battles back from serious injury will inspire his troops against Mourinho's strong favourites, and he said: "Our thoughts are very much with Ryan.
Mason was is currently recovering in hospital after emergency surgery
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"We know he is in good spirits. It is not easy for our squad, but we need to be strong together, fight together and support Ryan.
"In moments like this, we play for our fans, for ourselves and for Ryan. He is our friend, we work with him every day, and now we need to react like a team to support him."
Meanwhile, top scorer Robert Snodgrass was last night close to a £10m move to Burnley.