West Ham United right-back Sam Byram will play his first competitive game in 12 weeks on Monday night as he plans to line up for West Ham's PL2 side against Norwich City.

The 23-year-old has been out of action since he picked up a hamstring injury during his side's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in October.


The Hammers have struggled in Byram's absence, failing to replace him with a proper right-back with Havard Nordtveit and Michail Antonio slotting in.

But now, as Byram edges closer to a first-team return, he seems delighted at playing a big role in West Ham's second half of the season.

“The injury feels good and it has been about 12 weeks now. I did a week with the U23s and the first-team and I am just trying to get some match fitness." He told ​West Ham's official site.

“The plan is for me to get a good run-out on Monday and then keep pushing up the training so I can make a return to the first-team. I am still doing all my strength work with the physios and slowly building up to getting back when I am needed.

“This has been the first major injury of my career. I have had little niggles which have kept me out for maybe four or five weeks, but this is the longest I have been out and it has been a new experience.

“The first three or four weeks I was tearing my hair out because there was nothing I could do and I didn't know what to do with myself! 

“But my brother came down and kept me company. As soon as I could get off the crutches and start doing some work in the gym it made it go a lot quicker.

“Luckily we have come through a bad patch and improved our performances which has taken us up the table. When we were not getting the results, it made it even more frustrating that I could not help out.”


As Byram aims to get his season back on track, West Ham are after a similar fate after losing their last three games.

But getting back to winning ways won't be easy, as former manager Sam Allardyce is next up at the London Stadium as he attempts to secure his first win as Crystal Palace manager.