Journalist and Sunderland supporter Josh Bunting has been left buzzing over the news that Daniel Ballard is back in training.
The Lowdown: Fractured foot
The 23-year-old has been out for more than two months with a fractured foot, having signed from Premier League leaders Arsenal in the summer.
The defender has only managed to play 189 minutes of Championship football so far for the Black Cats, none since 13 August, and he will no doubt be itching to get back onto the pitch as soon as he can.
The Latest: Ballard back in training
He shared the image to his Twitter profile, along with the caption: “This makes me very, very happy.”
The Verdict: Big boost for Sunderland
It is certainly a big boost for Tony Mowbray and Sunderland to have Ballard back in training after so long out.
Bunting was thrilled upon the Wearside club first signing him, calling the 23-year-old ‘absolutely outstanding’ in the air and praising the fact that he ‘reads the game very well’, is ‘mobile’ and ‘can carry a lot of ground’.
The Northern Ireland international has previous experience in the Championship with Millwall last season and started off this campaign promisingly, ranking highly among his team-mates in terms of average interceptions, clearances and blocks per match in the division (WhoScored).
It is good for the Black Cats’ supporters to see Ballard back in training as he looks to step up his recovery.
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