Burnley have confirmed Lyle Foster is seeking the professional help of specialists as he continues to overcome issues around his mental health.
Foster, 23, has taken the Premier League by storm with five goal contributions in his first seven games but has been notably missing in their last two league outings.
Earlier this year, during a Bafana Bafana camp, he admitted he suffered severe depression and had thought of giving up his European football dream before the move to Burnley but overcame the dark times with the help of his family.
It appears Foster has not completely recovered, with the Clarets releasing an official statement to explain his recent absence.
“On behalf of Lyle Foster and his family they have asked us to share with you an update on
Lyle’s illness,” the statement read.
“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 has scored four goals in 11 caps since making his senior debut as a 17-year-old and with this news, looks likely to miss out on the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Hugo Broos will confirm his 23 man squad on Friday.