Burnley and Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster opens up about mental health battle during time with Westerlo

Burnley have announced that they are currently providing support to South African striker Lyle Foster’s mental health. As reported by HLN, the forward spoke to the club who immediately decided to provide him with support. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the striker has had to deal with mental health battles.

Foster revealed that prior to joining Burnley, during his time with Westerlo, he suffered from suicidal thoughts and depression. The striker has spoken about how he was just training or playing football, eating and then sleeping, without being able to enjoy other facets of life. Westerlo helped him to recover, as he states; ‘Westerlo really went out of his way to help me. Partly thanks to them, I saw the light again’.

Hopefully the support Burnley are able to offer Foster will help him to recover once again. During his time in Belgium with Westerlo, the striker scored 13 goals in 47 games. This included eight goals in 17 games during the 2022/2023 campaign which saw Burnley bring him to Lancashire. He has already scored three goals in seven games during Burnley’s return to the Premier League, as well as providing two assists.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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