Swansea have made a solid, if unspectacular, start to their Championship campaign.
The Swans currently sit in seventh place with three wins, two draws, and one loss from their opening six games in the league.
After suffering relegation from the Premier League last season, their squad has largely been ransacked by other clubs, creaming off the club’s best players. But the Welsh outfit have been able to keep hold of some stars that make up the bare bones of their squad that featured in England’s top division.
One of those men that manager Graham Potter has been able to keep hold of is striker Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian re-signed at the Liberty Stadium at the beginning of last season from Man City, but could only manage eight starts in total due to injury.
The 29-year-old (valued at £9m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) is still recovering from the knee injury that he sustained in February this year, but Potter recently gave positive signs that the striker may return in the coming months.
This would be an immeasurable boost to Swansea, and can rifle them towards the top of the table, providing they can keep Bony fit. However, as history suggests, that is much easier said than done. The striker has been blighted with injuries his whole career, and that has seriously affected his chances of playing for a big team since he left Man City.
Perhaps that is why Swansea were able to keep hold of the Ivorian over the summer, as a club would not want to invest in a player that is so injury prone.
But when Bony is firing, he is one of the most powerful and lethal strikers in England, the greatest challenge, however, is keeping him healthy.