Bony: In­jury ru­ined my spell with City

Manchester Evening News - - CITY SPECIAL - By MAR­CUS BANKS

FOR­MER City striker Wil­fried Bony has revealed in­jury prob­lems stem­ming from win­ning the African Cup of Na­tions in 2015 re­sulted in his failed spell at the Blues.

Bony ar­rived in Eng­land in 2013, join­ing Swansea from Vitesse af­ter rack­ing up an im­pres­sive scor­ing record in the Ere­di­visie.

Af­ter net­ting 20 goals in the 2014 cal­en­dar year – the most out of any­one in the Premier League – City paid £25m, po­ten­tially ris­ing to £30m, to lure him to East­lands the fol­low­ing Jan­uary.

How­ever, his ar­rival at the club was de­layed due to par­tic­i­pa­tion in AFCON and Bony has revealed that in­jury trou­bles fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment meant his start with the Blues was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. He said: “I came back af­ter win­ning the Cup and my body was ka­put – that didn’t help me.

“I tried hard but I was not good. I kept get­ting in­juries – ham­strings, calf – be­cause I was tired. That sea­son was very dif­fi­cult.”

Bony even­tu­ally earned a spell in the side and redis­cov­ered his goalscor­ing touch, net­ting eight in 16 games.

How­ever, an­other in­jury soon put him out of the side again which led to his even­tual de­par­ture.

Bony added: “I wanted to do good, I wanted to do more but my body was tired, not able to pro­vide what I would ex­pect. I’d played two or three years with­out a rest.”

Bony was loaned out to Stoke City fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Pep Guardi­ola and re­joined Swansea in the sum­mer of 2017. The 31-year-old is a free agent af­ter be­ing re­leased by the Welsh side.

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