Sam Byram admits fitness struggles

Brian McDermott  gestures during the npower Championship match between Watford and Leeds United at Vicarage Road on May 4, 2013
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Leeds United defender Sam Byram admits that he is still short of full match fitness following a long layoff.

Leeds United defender Sam Byram has admitted that he is still building up his fitness after returning from a long-term injury.

The 20-year-old recently returned to the fold following a hip injury last season, but he has claimed that he still has to "work hard" in the weeks ahead.

"I've still got a lot more to gain in terms of building up my fitness. I haven't had much of a pre-season and to come straight in has been tough. I've got to work hard to get back to where I was last year. That's all I can do," Byram told LUTV.

"It's about four-and-a-half months so to come back to the level of fitness and intensity takes time and I think I was getting more frustrated than anyone because I just wanted to be back playing the best I can and helping the team.

"I can't go gung-ho, I need to be patient, so it will take time. I just want to do my best for the team."

Byram started last week's League Cup defeat to Newcastle United.

Brian McDermott  gestures during the npower Championship match between Watford and Leeds United at Vicarage Road on May 4, 2013
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