West Ham defender Sam Byram has undergone surgery on his knee, West Ham’s medical team has confirmed.

Danny Collinge, head of the medical team at West Ham, has revealed that Byram had surgery on his knee this week.

Byram suffered an injury while on loan at Nottingham Forest but returned to West Ham for treatment.

Update from the physio

Collinge has given a comprehensive update on West Ham’s injured players.

Manuel Lanzini’s rehabilitation is going smoothly, Andy Carroll should return to training this week and Winston Reid is progressing well but still quite far from his return.

Meanwhile, Byram is expected to be out for some time after undergoing surgery.

In a video posted on West Ham’s Twitter account, Collinge said: “Sam Byram had surgery after his incident on loan at Nottingham Forest. He had surgery yesterday which went to the consultant’s liking.”

Byram at West Ham

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Byram joined West Ham from Leeds United in January 2016. He was expected to be the long-term solution at right-back, having played nearly 150 senior games for Leeds.

 

The Thurrock-born defender struggled to step up to the Premier League and has not made an impact at West Ham.

In two-and-a-half seasons with West Ham, Byram has played 36 games. But only 27 of those have come in the league, with five Premier League outings to his name last term.

This summer, he was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest for the season.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Sam Byram of Nottingham Forest and Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City at City Ground on August 25, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old made an instant impression with the fans but was injured in his third match.

Byram had to be withdrawn against Newcastle United in the EFL Cup before returning to West Ham for surgery.

What next for Byram?

It will be tough for Byram to find a route back into the first-team picture at West Ham.

A good season at Nottingham Forest could have built his confidence and earned him a chance with the Hammers.

But instead, he is likely to sit most of the season out through injury. Given his proven quality in the Championship, he is likely to have admirers when he returns from injury but his future probably lies away from The London Stadium.