Ballard 'fine' after shoulder scare

Dan Ballard runs with ball
Dan Ballard runs with ball

Michael Beale says Dan Ballard is "fine" after an injury scare at the end of Sunderland's draw with Middlesbrough.

The defender looked to have hurt his shoulder in the closing minutes of the Championship clash but the Black Cats' head coach has confirmed there was no injury.

"Nah he's fine. He's fine.

"I think the big lad [Josh Coburn] came on and just started fouling people.

"Another really good performance from Dan Ballard today. I thought he was excellent throughout.

"No, he'll be alright. He's not a southern softy, Dan. He's a strong one."

Listen to Michael Beale's full post-match interview here.