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Burnley striker Lyle Foster to take time out to address mental health

Burnley have granted top scorer Lyle Foster an indefinite break from the game so he can address a long-standing mental health issue.

The 23-year-old South African has spoken previously about his struggle with depression and will now seek specialist help.

A club statement 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.”

Foster joined Burnley from Belgian side Westerlo in January 2023 and has three goals and two assists this season. His impressive form was recently rewarded with a new, five-year contract.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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