Sam Byram was pictured turning out for Nottingham Forest u23s ahead of Saturday’s trip to Rotherham United. The 25-year-old played a full 90 minutes as the Reds beat Sheffield Wednesday reserves on Monday afternoon. Nottinghamshire Live journalist Barry Cooper said he greatly impressed in the Professional Development League clash.
Martin O’Neill will be pleased to see Byram’s progression. The defender continues to build up his match fitness after recovering from a serious knee injury and questions will be asked if he’ll feature for the first-team before the season comes to a close. The on-loan right-back has made only three appearances since joining from West Ham United, the last of which came in August.
Forest have Tendayi Darikwa and Saidy Janko to choose from at right-back, but Byram stands a chance of featuring if O’Neill is happy with his condition. The Reds manager has rewarded some players for their form in the u23s by calling them up into the first-team, so Byram shouldn’t be ruled out. It’s less likely he will feature against Rotherham, but he’s doing everything in his power to give O’Neill a selection headache it seems.