Sam Byram has not had it easy, but a Nottingham Forest loan star may yet shine once more.

And few would begrudge him that opportunity.

Snapped up amid a wave of optimism last summer, a light only briefly switched on was extinguished on August 29.

Byram lasted 39 minutes of a Carabao Cup clash with Newcastle before being forced from the field.

He had been illuminating that contest with his rampaging runs down the right flank.

Forest, for a brief moment, appeared to have the reliable full-back they had been crying out for.

This one may not have been owned by the club, but he would be sticking around until 2019.

We are now into the third month of said calendar year and Byram remains stuck on three appearances.

Hardly the desired outcome.

But, unfortunately, what the doctor ordered.


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Byram will feel that he has taken on far too much medical advice in recent years.

While being yet to reach a handful of outings this term, he only managed 10 for West Ham last season.

There is, though, light at the end of the tunnel.

Forest boss Martin O’Neill has said in the Nottingham Post of a player he has been unable to call upon: “He is not as far away as I thought he would be, when I first came into the club. 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.”

So, Byram could be back at some point over the coming weeks.

Good news.

O’Neill added in the Post: “He has trained progressively each day.

“When I first came in, he was doing some straight running, then a week or two later he was doing some twisting and turning. Then he started to kick the ball.

“Now he is making good progress, having trained with us for the last week or so. In fairness, some of the heavier stuff he has left. But he is doing very well.


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“That is really encouraging. At the moment I would say he is not a million miles away. He is doing fine. That’s the best way of describing it.

“When he is ready he will play in an U23 game.”

Getting Byram back fit and firing could prove to be a massive positive for all concerned.

Forest, throughout a lengthy absence, have provided loyal support to the 25-year-old.

If there is a decision to be made on his future this summer, then that should work in the Reds’ favour.

Should Byram come into contention and pick up where he left off, then a permanent move may be on the cards.

As a proven performer in the Championship and a man with Premier League experience, his arrival would be most welcome.

There is, of course, a long way to go before those bridges need to be crossed.

It is, however, great to hear that Byram may grace the Garibaldi again in the near future.

For a man who has been luckless for far too long a reversal in fortune stands to be his, and potentially Forest’s gain.

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