After nearly seven months out injured, Sam Byram has returned to training, The Nottingham Post reports.
Byram, who is on loan at Nottingham Forest, was injured back in August and was initially expected to miss the rest of the season.
But he is now back in training and he is hoping to make his comeback for Nottingham Forest at some point soon.
Sam Byram: the injury
Byram joined West Ham from Leeds in January 2016 but has struggled to live up to the hype, making just 36 appearances in claret and blue.
The 25-year-old has had his injury niggles along the way during his time in East London and never managed to nail down the starting right-back spot.
Ryan Fredericks’ arrival in the summer led to Manuel Pellegrini sanctioning a Championship loan move for Byram.
And the ex-Leeds United defender was sent to Nottingham Forest for the season. He impressed in his first two outings for the Reds but was replaced 39 minutes into his third game – a win over Newcastle United in the EFL Cup.
Byram has been out ever since with a serious knee ligament injury, but he is ahead of schedule as he completed his return to first-team action.
Martin O’Neill on Sam Byram
Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Byram is back in training after a lengthy period on the sidelines.
O’Neill told The Nottingham Post: “I thought we might not see him at all this season, but he is doing really well. It would be great for us, to have him back. The lad has been afflicted with some really bad injuries.
“But he has a good old fighting temperament and the training sessions we have done, while not being unbelievably physical, have been difficult. He is doing well.”
O’Neill added that Byram has been doing some ball work and he will continue his comeback with an under-23 game when he is ready.