Burnley striker Lyle Foster ruled out indefinitely with mental health issues and is receiving ‘specialist’ care
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Burnley striker Lyle Foster ruled out indefinitely with mental health issues and is receiving ‘specialist’ care

Nov 10, 2023

Burnley striker Lyle Foster is receiving specialist care after a recurrence of mental health issues.

The South Africa international has been ruled out indefinitely after missing the Clarets’ last three games in all competitions.

Foster faces a spell on the sidelines as he attempts to recover from mental health struggles

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Foster faces a spell on the sidelines as he attempts to recover from mental health struggles

The club have revealed the striker has asked for help and is receiving treatment from specialists.

The 23-year-old and his family released a statement via the club’s website on Thursday which read: “On behalf of Lyle Foster and his family, they have asked us to share with you an update on Lyle’s illness.

“Recently, Lyle let us know that he continues to live with issues around his mental well-being and has reached out for help.

“He is currently in the care of specialists – giving him the support and care he needs to help him back 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 ask for your understanding and respect Lyle’s privacy around this matter and will not be making any more comment until further notice.”

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany confirmed Foster had been ‘open’ to the club regarding his issues and looks forward to the striker making a full recovery before returning to the first-team squad.

“Lyle’s been having problems with his mental well-being and as a club we’ve very quickly made the decision to fully support him, support his family and offer him access to all expertise and clinical support that he needs,” Kompany told Sky Sports.

Foster signed for Burnley in January 2023 and penned a new five-year deal at the club last month

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Foster signed for Burnley in January 2023 and penned a new five-year deal at the club last monthCredit: twitter:@burnleyofficial

“At the moment we’re wishing him a speedy recovery and we’re wishing him to be in a better place by the time he’s ready to come back to us.

“We were very fortunate that Lyle was very open with us and from that moment we were able to act.

“As soon as he showed signs of how severe it was for him, straight away the entire support team within the club just made sure he could concentrate on his own recovery.

“At times like this you have to put the human first.”

It is unknown when Foster will return to action but he will not be available for Burnley’s trip to Arsenal on Saturday and South Africa’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda.


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