Burnley’s Lyle Foster omitted from South Africa AFCON squad

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Burnley striker Lyle Foster has been near retired of South Africa’s squad for nan forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations arsenic he continues to person curen for his intelligence health.

Foster had been named successful nan preliminary squad for adjacent month’s tournament, but Burnley leader Vincent Kompany had said successful mid-December that nan 23-year-old was “not successful a position” to travel.

“It is not thing he tin do astatine nan moment, going distant for a agelong clip and being successful a very different environment,” Kompany told nan BBC. “His emotion for his state has nary limits and his desire to do good has nary limits, but that would beryllium going against nan proposal of each master that has been assisting him successful caller months.”

South Africa head Hugo Broos confirmed his last action connected December 28 and said he had received a aesculapian study from nan Premier League nine that supported Kompany’s assessment.

Burnley said connected November 9 that Foster would beryllium taking a time off of absence owed to issues connected to his “mental well-being”.

He returned to action connected December 16 against Everton, earlier travelling to London for past week’s triumph complete Fulham and past starting nan Boxing Day conclusion to Liverpool.

Speaking aft nan 2-0 nonaccomplishment to Everton, during which Foster came connected for nan 2nd half, Kompany said: “(His involvement) was a astonishment to america arsenic well. We hadn’t really expected that he was capable to return. But it was nan sentiment of nan experts that keeping him successful his earthy situation was important.

“Football is portion of his life, it’s thing he needs to do to beryllium happy arsenic well. We were fresh for thing and 45 minutes physically is what he was capable to do.

“I person to add, it’s really important not to confuse things. This is portion of his process of getting back, it’s not for illustration we tin alert him each complete nan world now. This is conscionable portion of his return to health.

“We travel what nan aesculapian experts say. It’s measurement by step, it’s being pinch nan team, being pinch group he considers his friends and keeping a very mini world for him. That seems to put him successful a bully place. This is conscionable portion of his recovery.”

South Africa commencement their group run against Mali connected January 16, earlier playing Namibia and Tunisia.

South Africa afloat squad

Goalkeepers: Ricardo Goss (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Grant Kekana, Terrence Mashego (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Aubrey Modiba, Khuliso Mudau, Mothobi Mvala (all Mamelodi Sundowns), Nkosinathi Sibisi (Orlando Pirates), Siyanda Xulu (SuperSport United)

Midfielders: Jayden Adams (Stellenbosch), Teboho Mokoena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabang Monare (Orlando Pirates), Sphephelo Sithole (Tondela), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Forwards: Oswin Appollis (Polokwane City), Zakhele Lepasa, Evidence Makgopa (both Orlando Pirates), Thapelo Maseko (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Percy Tau (Al Ahly)

(Photo: Getty Images)

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