Premier League club Burnley have disclosed that South African striker Lyle Foster is currently receiving specialist care for mental health issues.
This development comes after Foster candidly opened up about his struggles with depression back in July, and he has once again sought the support of the club during this challenging time.
Foster’s absence from the last three games against Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace was initially attributed to an unspecified illness.
However, the club has now clarified that his absence is related to ongoing mental health concerns.
The 23-year-old started the season brightly, netting three goals and providing two assists in eight games.
He will remain in England, and there is no set return date as the club wants to give him the necessary time to fully recover.
“On behalf of Lyle Foster and his family, they have asked us to share with you an update on Lyle’s illness,” the Clarets said (via their website).
“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 for Lyle’s privacy around this matter and will not be making any more comments until further notice.”
This revelation sheds light on the growing recognition of mental health challenges within the football community.
Several players have recently shared their struggles, contributing to a broader conversation on mental health.
Notable examples include Marcus Rashford, who has been an advocate for mental health awareness, and Danny Rose, who has spoken openly about his battles with depression.
The focus on mental health support for players remains crucial for the sport. The players are vital assets, and they must keep their minds, as well as their bodies, healthy.
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