Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: It was tough to see Ryan Mason leave for Hull
The Argentinian only got back into the country late on Wednesday night from a warm-weather break in Barcelona but as soon as training and his press engagements finished yesterday, he went straight to St Mary's hospital in Paddington to be with the Hull midfielder, who suffered a fractured skull in a freak collision with Chelsea's Gary Cahill on Sunday.
The former Southampton manager had struggled to settle initially and, after four games without a win, he found his side a goal down to Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup.
Mason suffered a broken skull during Hull's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea
Seven minutes after coming on as a substitute, Mason scored a stunning goal to spark a 3-1 win and earn himself a permanent place in the hearts of Pochettino's entire family.
"Yes, he is a little bit of a hero in my home, I cannot lie," said Pochettino. "I cannot keep a secret – he is special. I feel when he took the decision to move to Hull it was a very tough moment for me.
"You can split physically but the emotion you keep inside always. Personally he means a lot to me. Ryan will always be special, we built a very good relationship.
"And it was difficult in those first few moments when we heard the news but now we're happy with the progress he is making and we just hoped to go and see him and give him a big hug and show our love.
Mason is a hero for Pochettino after scoring a crucial goal for Spurs against Nottingham Forest
Premier League and Football League clubs send best wishes to Ryan Mason
Mon, January 23, 2017
Premier League and Football League clubs have been quick to send their best wishes to Ryan Mason after the Hull City midfielder suffered a fractured skull against Chelsea
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Football clubs all over the country have sent best wishes to Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason
"We were in Barcelona on Sunday watching the game and saw live the situation. We have kept in touch with his family, his fiancee Rachel and it was a difficult moment. We were very worried.
The squad sent a video from Barcelona to him, he is a special player for us and to me personally, he grew up here at Tottenham, he is a person that we love.
"I'm in contact with his family, I know he is making some progress and is much better, he walks a little bit. "The good thing now is he is recovering. He is a player who is strong in his mind, his mentality and his personality."
Hull manager Marco Silva had revealed that the early indications are that he will be able to resume his career and will make his own visit to Mason after Sunday's FA Cup tie at Fulham.