Bony 'not too far away'

23rd August 2018
First team

Wilfried Bony is edging closer to a Swansea City comeback after returning to full training with Graham Potter’s squad.

Bony has not played since rupturing his cruciate ligament at Leicester City back in February.

But the striker is making big strides in his bid to pull on the white shirt again.

“Wilfried trained with the group at the start of the week and he will be training again tomorrow,” boss Graham Potter revealed.

“He is making good progress – he has sped up a lot and he has looked good in training.

“We are really happy with him and I don’t think he will be too far away from being involved in matches.

“We will monitor him as we go, but I don’t think it’s wise to put a timescale on when he will come back just yet because he has been out for a long time.”

The return to fitness of Bony would be a major boost for the Swans as they look to continue their promising start to the Championship season.

The experienced Ivorian would offer Potter a welcome alternative option up front given that Oli McBurnie is currently the Swans’ only available centre-forward.

But though Bony’s return may not be that far away, Potter says the club’s transfer plans will not change.

The Swans boss has indicated that he could look to strengthen his attacking options regardless of the Bony situation.

“It probably wouldn’t be wise to put all our eggs in one basket when you consider Wilfried is coming back after a long-term injury,” Potter added.

“He needs to take his time and get back on the pitch when it’s right for him.

“I wouldn’t say a striker is something we are definitely looking to bring in – we don’t really work like that.

“It’s more about looking at the attributes of the player who is available and seeing whether they can supplement the group we have.

“We know we probably need to strengthen to support Oli, but we have got other options internally. Barrie (McKay), Joel (Asoro) and Bersant (Celina) can all play centrally if needed, while there are others who have not been involved so far this season.”