Burnley star now living in specialist care and taking football break over mental health

Burnley forward Lyle Foster has been away from the football pitch for a few weeks and will take a longer break due to a recurrence of a mental health issue.

Foster has made seven Premier League appearances for Vincent Kompany’s team this season, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. However, he has not played since the Clarets’ 3-0 away defeat to Brentford in October.

His club was made public. Foster is currently undergoing treatment for mental health issues that he has been experiencing.

In an official statement, Burnley informed their fans and the football world he will be away from the pitch for an indefinite period.

“Recently Lyle let us know that he continues to live with issues around mental well-being and has reached out for help,” Burnley said in a statement. He is currently under the care of specialists, who are providing him with the support and care he requires to return to full health.

“With the love and support of his family and everyone at Burnley Football Club we will do all we can to provide everything he needs to get better.” “We are wishing him a speedy recovery and wishing him to be in a better place by the time he is ready to come back to us,” Kompany added.

“We were extremely fortunate that Lyle had been so forthcoming with us.” We were able to act as soon as he was open with us. As soon as he said it and showed signs of how serious it was for him, the entire club’s support team mobilized, and we made sure he could focus on his own recovery. In situations like this, you must prioritize the human being, which is exactly what we did.”


Burnley star Lyle Foster given leave of absence for mental health care -  Irish Mirror Online


Foster had previously spoken about his battle with mental health while at Belgian club Westerlo. “I was alone in my apartment.” “I realized I was just feeling this huge sense of loneliness,” he explained.

“I felt like I couldn’t really express myself with everyone on my team.” It was much more difficult to be around them and do things that footballers should do.

Foster has missed the last three Premier League games for Burnley, against Bournemouth, Everton, and Crystal Palace. He began his career with South African giants Orlando Pirates before moving on to AS Monaco. He also played for Cercle Brugge in Belgium and Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal before joining Westerloo in Belgium.

He joined Burnley in January for an initial fee of £8 million and was instrumental in the club’s smooth return to the Premier League.

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