Bony 'not too far away'

18th October 2018
First team

Graham Potter believes Wilfried Bony “is not too far away” from a Swansea City comeback after the striker’s return to training.

Bony stepped on to the grass alongside his Swans team-mates today as he took another step forward in his bid to recover from a long-term knee injury.

The Ivory Coast international has not played since rupturing his cruciate ligament at Leicester in early February.

And while he has stressed that there is a need to be cautious with Bony, Potter is taking heart from the striker’s progress.

“Wilf had his first session with the group today,” said the Swans manager.

“He didn’t take part in the full session – he left before the last 10 or 20 per cent of it – but that was always the plan.

“With the nature of the injury and where he is in his career, it’s going to be a case of seeing how he feels each day.

“It’s a tricky one in terms of giving you a time when he might come back, but he has done a lot of work and he is looking strong and fit.

“Now he needs to adapt to football.

“We will have to monitor him, but I don’t think he is going to be too far away based on how he has looked and how he looked in the session today.”

A fit Bony would be a welcome addition to the Swans’ attacking options.

As things stand, Oli McBurnie and Courtney Baker-Richardson are the only recognised centre-forwards at Potter’s disposal.

Nevertheless, the Swans are pledging to stay patient with Bony.

“There’s no point rushing Wilf,” Potter added.

“That would be unfair on him and unfair on the rest of the lads.

“We just have to do our best with Wilf and take things day by day.”