The life of a professional footballer is not always roses and moonshine. Burnley announced this today why Lyle Foster will be sidelined for a while.
Lyle Foster showed at Westerlo that he is an excellent attacker. Vincent Kompany’s Burnley bought the 23-year-old South African from the Kempen for 11 million euros. He has made seven appearances in the Premier League to date and has made him the club’s top scorer with three goals.
However, the attacker is struggling with mental problems and is therefore (temporarily) taking a step back to work on himself. Vincent Kompany understands his attacker.
“Lyle has issues with his mental health,” Kompany said on Sky Sports. “As a club we quickly and naturally made the decision to fully support him and his family. And give him all the access to the expertise and clinical support he needs.”
“At this moment we wish him a quick recovery and that he comes back better,” Kompany continued. “From the moment he, fortunately, was open about how bad it was for him, we mobilized everyone. This allows him to focus on his recovery. People come first here.”
The club itself also responded about the problems Foster is facing and fully supports him in his recovery. “Lyle recently informed us that there are issues in his life surrounding mental wellbeing,” The Clarets said. “And that he needed help. He is currently in the hands of specialists, who are giving him the support and care he needs to return him to full health. With the love and support of his family and everyone at Burnley Football Club, we will do everything we can to give him what he needs to get better.
The club concludes with the request to treat Foster and his environment with the necessary respect. “We ask for your understanding and respect Lyle’s privacy in this matter and will no longer comment until further notice,” the club concluded on their website.