By Will Butcher
Sam Byram is set to make his long-awaited West Ham return from injury for the reserves against Norwich City on Monday night.
The 23-year-old right-back has been sidelined since October after going off in the seventh minute against Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury.
After an operation on the muscle injury, West Ham’s official website revealed that the former Leeds defender will take a step closer to a first-team return on Monday night.
Byram has been undergoing rehabilitation since surgery to repair the muscle injury, and will now feature in Terry Westley’s side.
The return of Byram to the Hammers side will be a huge boost for manager Slaven Bilic, who is currently playing central midfielder Havard Nordtveit out of position on the right side of defence.
Spaniard Alvaro Arbeloa has failed to replace Byram to an adequate standard, while Michail Antontio’s attempts to fill in at right-back earlier in the season saw him wasted in defence.
West Ham’s number 22 moved to east London in January 2016, as Leeds offloaded their academy product before they lost him on a free transfer in the summer.
Since his move to the London Stadium, Byram has made 13 league and cup appearances helping to keep three clean sheets and providing an assist against NK Domzale earlier this year.
Also able to play as a right winger, Byram made 143 appearances for boyhood side Leeds and had a hand in 22 goals during his time with the Yorkshire giants.
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