By Danny Wright

Sam Byram has returned to training at West Ham after sitting out the game against Southampton, according to a reliable journalist.

Ben Dinnery, an injury specialist who works with ESPN and Sky Sports, disclosed on his personal Twitter account that the 23-year-old missed the win at Southampton as a precaution following his return from a long-term lay off with a hamstring injury.

Byram trained with the squad on Wednesday without any issues, and could find his way back into Slaven Bilic’s first-team plans on Saturday.

The former Leeds man returned to first-team action against Crystal Palace on January 14, where he played 45 minutes, before completing 90 minutes against Middlesbrough and Man City.

Fans will have been hoping that his absence against Southampton didn’t point to a more serious setback, and that seems the case in what will be a huge boost for the team.

Since signing for the Hammers for £4million from Leeds in January 2016, Byram has made 16 first team appearances for the club.

The right-back was highly rated at Elland Road and made 130 Championship appearances for the club, scoring nine goals and setting up another 12.

Following their 3-1 win at St. Mary’s on Saturday, Bilic’s side are currently ninth in the league with 31 points. They are seven points behind their next opposition, West Brom, and they will be hoping to close that gap by beating their Premier League rivals on Saturday.

The Hammers only have two fixtures in February, which will give Byram plenty of time to get himself back up to fitness. After their clash with the Baggies the Hammers’ next game is against Watford on February 25.

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