Sam Byram completed just over 60 minutes of under-23 football for Nottingham Forest as he continued his road to recovery.

Nottingham Forest’s official Twitter account posted a picture of Byram in action for the under-23 side in their 2-2 draw with Colchester United.

Byram has been out of action for nearly seven months after suffering an injury while on loan at Nottingham Forest.

But Forest boss Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane were at the game to watch Byram’s comeback, which lasted for more than an hour.

West Ham’s forgotten man

Sam Byram suffered an injury three matches into his loan spell. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

West Ham loaned Byram out to Nottingham Forest last summer after he slipped down the pecking order at The London Stadium.


The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Leeds United under Slaven Bilic but never lived up to his hype. The Thurrock-born right-back played 36 times for the Hammers in two-and-a-half seasons but never made that position his own.

With Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks at the club, it was clear that Byram was surplus to requirements and he decided to drop back to the Championship.

Nottingham Forest fans rated Byram highly as he impressed in his first three matches for the club. But unfortunately, he suffered a knee ligament injury against Newcastle United back in August and he has been out ever since.

The West Ham defender has now stepped up his recovery and he will be hoping to aid Nottingham Forest’s promotion push this season.

Whether he has a future at West Ham remains to be seen but spending the vast majority of this season on the sidelines definitely hampered his chances.

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