West Ham United right-back Sam Byram has revealed that he is close to returning to fitness.
The 24-year-old has been on the sidelines since the beginning of November when he suffered a muscular problem in training.
It was bad timing for the right-sided player as he was unable to impress David Moyes when the Scotsman was hired as the club’s new manager.
The team have experienced an upturn in form in recent weeks having gone unbeaten in their last three Premier League games.
The most recent result was a 3-0 victory over lowly Stoke City, and prior to that, the team secured a shock 1-0 triumph over Chelsea and held Arsenal to a goalless draw.
With the busy festive schedule coming up, the Hammers will need a strong squad to cope with the demand.
Byram is not yet available for first-team action, but he has begun running again and hopes to be back in full training soon.
The former Leeds United player, who can also play on the right side of midfield, told the club’s official website:
“I’m feeling good. It’s been a frustrating one. The timing, with a new manager coming in, has been frustrating, because I would have liked to have been able to show him what I can do and get a chance.
“However, I’m over the worst of it now. I’m back outside running, and I’ve just started integrating the footballs as well. It’s not going to be long before I’m back training with the lads and helping out. I just want to get myself fit, help the team in any way I can, and impress the new manager.”