Sam Byram has given Nottingham Forest boss Martin O’Neill a massive fitness boost this afternoon.

The on-loan West Ham United defender completed 90 minutes for the club’s Under-23 team during their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

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Byram hasn’t played for the first team since injuring his knee during an EFL Cup game with Newcastle United back in August.

Brennan Johnson’s goal gave the Reds a win in South Yorkshire, but it was Byram completing the full 90 that proved the most pleasing aspect.

The ex-Leeds United man looked like a quality signing for Forest when Aitor Karanka landed him at the start of the campaign.

Byram managed just 204 minutes of football before breaking down, however, and the Reds await his return.

 

The 25-year-old returning would represent a timely boost.

Tendayi Darikwa was given a torrid time by Swansea winger Dan James on Saturday and he could perhaps do with a spell on the sidelines.

The Zimbabwe international is a decent squad player to have but Byram is arguably a better defender.

Completing the full outing for the development squad today could see the Hammers man make the trip to Rotherham on Saturday.

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His experience and undoubted ability could be a massive boost to O’Neill ahead of the exciting-looking run-in.

If Byram can prove his fitness he could become a permanent transfer target.

However, his £30k-a-week wages, according to Spotrac, could represent a stumbling block.