Rylee Foster was a cup hero for Liverpool sooner or later and the subsequent her world was turned the other way up by a horror automobile accident that left the goalkeeper with a damaged neck in seven locations.
Final October, Foster was the penalty shootout hero for Liverpool Ladies, making a decisive save in opposition to Aston Villa to seal the win for her workforce on a euphoric night time at Prenton Park.
The Canadian has not worn her gloves for the Reds since.
Simply days after her heroics, Foster was concerned in a automobile accident in Finland that noticed her ejected by way of the windscreen and left with a damaged neck, two decrease again fractures, a damaged cheekbone, misaligned jaw, partially torn MCL within the knee, partially torn quadricep tendon and a subdural haematoma behind her head.
The 23-year-old’s life modified immediately and as an alternative of focusing her vitality on Liverpool’s promotion again to the Ladies’s Tremendous League, it was all centred on restoration.
Foster had a halo fixation system, which was screwed into her cranium in 4 locations to assist make sure the neck remained nonetheless, earlier than switching it out for a neck brace – which was solely lately eliminated.
“It’s been an extended journey, over 9 months now. The summer season was difficult, it’s laborious when you understand try to be prepping for pre-season, and I’m not,” Foster advised This Is Anfield.
“I’m simply sitting by the pool, studying a ebook and floating round, getting my tan on. It’s only a bit completely different and I feel it’s a humbling expertise.
“However I’m in place, I’m progressing. I bought the collar off two weeks in the past, I’m in place.”
The journey has been lengthy and you can’t think about the psychological resilience required by Foster all through the final 9 months and people nonetheless to return.
A protracted street again
This Is Anfield caught up with Foster throughout Liverpool Ladies’s media day, an event that noticed the younger ‘keeper again in a Liverpool package, together with her gloves and boots, for the primary time since October 2021.
There has by no means been a assure that Foster might return to the pitch however a rehabilitation plan has lengthy been in place with specialists serving to her each step of the way in which.
“It’s a bit bittersweet, it’s laborious,” Foster defined.
“That is the primary time I’ve been within the package because the accident, truly because the Aston Villa recreation, the primary time I’ve put my gloves and boots on since then.
“It sort of takes your breath away a bit, it’s good to no less than be part of it. I didn’t know if I’d be capable of be part of this, my profession might have been taken from me loads earlier.
“I’m so lucky to be within the place I’m, to have the ability to partake and, hopefully, be capable of use [these gloves] for the day I return.
“I’ve been taking the whole lot step-by-step, not getting too forward of myself. I like to stay humble and affected person with the expertise.”
Whereas Matt Beard’s aspect is closing in on their WSL comeback, Foster has no timescale on a return together with her intensive accidents every requiring time and endurance to heal.
The precedence will at all times be for the highest quality of life, however Foster, who has a ‘You’ll By no means Stroll Alone’ tattoo on her arm, nonetheless has lots to attain in soccer.
“There’s positively not a deadline or timescale. I’ve loads of accidents to restore, clearly my neck was very, very extreme,” Foster mentioned.
“I bought to do the knee, my hip, shoulder, and decrease again – you would possibly as effectively simply add the whole lot to the checklist.
“It’s going to be an extended journey, however we’re progressing. I’m out of the neck brace, I’m shifting my neck round, I’m strolling, extra pain-free than I used to be earlier than which is thrilling. Step-by-step.”
Lacking that ‘adrenaline rush’
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Foster has been documenting her extremely inspiring journey on Tik Tok, taking followers by way of the challenges and feelings of her restoration and answering all of the regularly requested questions.
A therapeutic option to navigate the accidents one would think about, however her teammates have been proper behind her as Foster seems to return to what she loves most.
“I feel I miss that adrenaline rush, stepping onto the pitch for coaching, flying within the purpose, throwing my physique round. I miss wanting to try this, proper now I’ve been hesitant,” Foster mentioned.
“But additionally the workforce ambiance, I’ve been a bit of bit withdrawn from the workforce simply naturally due to my circumstances, however it’s typical if you’re injured.
“The women have been nice, very supportive, preserving me included with the whole lot, it’s only a completely different expertise.”
For now, Foster’s work continues away from the primary group however the success of Euros and the promotion-winning marketing campaign for the Reds has the ‘keeper excited in regards to the potentialities of the upcoming marketing campaign.
Anfield taking part in host to the Merseyside derby headlines the checklist, and whereas it’s far too quickly for Foster to play any half, the event must be the primary of many in seasons to return.
“I want I might pace up my rehab to get to that time!” Foster mentioned of September’s recreation at Anfield.
“That will probably be wonderful, I do know the final time we performed Everton at Anfield we had over 20,000+ and I feel that ought to solely be greater now coming off the season we simply had and the Euros.
“I feel the ladies are most likely ecstatic, it’s most likely the perfect factor we will hear.
“That’s what we have to do as a membership, get us on the massive stage the place the followers need to be and encourage folks to see that we’re the place we have to be, again the place we belong and that we will play nice soccer.”
Hopefully, Foster could be a key a part of that sooner or later and assist encourage the subsequent era in additional methods than one.