Daniel Ballard is back in first-team training with Arsenal after a minor injury setback, ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Aston Villa.

Daniel Ballard with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Daniel Ballard with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Arsenal academy defender Daniel Ballard rejoined first-team training this week after an injury, coinciding with the news about Shkodran Mustafi’s hamstring problem.

It’s pretty unlikely Ballard will immediately move into the first-team squad, particularly when Sokratis Papastathopoulos can’t get games at centre-back even as a senior player. However, there’s certainly a chance one of the youth players will be able to step up this week.

Ballard started the campaign on loan at Swindon Town, making three appearances. Unfortunately, a serious knee injury led to Arsenal recalling the defender to recover back in North London.

Just as the 20-year-old returned to the pitch with the u23s, the season halted due to COVID-19. Then, Ballard was one of the chosen few youth players initially joining the senior group in May. But he missed the last few weeks with a minor injury setback.

The centre-back is in training again now. Whether he makes it into the matchday 20 or not, he’s getting more invaluable experience with the first-team every day.

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