Graham Potter has been boosted by the news that striker Wilfried Bony has returned to training following a lengthy injury lay-off that has kept him out of action since February.
Bony had been ruled out since early in 2018 after rupturing his cruciate ligament, which meant the Ivorian was unable to help his side avoid the drop into the Championship.
The striker made 15 appearances for the Swans last season in the Premier League, scoring twice before the injury ruled him out for a considerable amount of time.
News of Bony’s potential return is positive news for Graham Potter’s side and it will provide good competition for star-man Oliver McBurnie who has had a lack of competition fighting him for his place in the starting XI for Swansea.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Potter revealed that the former Manchester City striker was returning to first-team training.
‘Wilfried will join the group for part of the session on Thursday,’ Potter said.
‘He has been working hard with the medical staff and he will be involved in some of what we do.
‘We will have to see how he adapts to that and how he responds to the football load, but he has put in a lot of work to get to this point.’
Potter will be hoping his side can come away with a positive result at the weekend when they take on Aston Villa who are likely to prove to be tough competition after the recent appointment of Dean Smith.
Bony’s return to training has come at exactly the right time. Although he is still a few weeks away from making a competitive appearance for the Swans, he will prove to be an excellent addition into this years squad.
If Bony can recapture the good form he showed in his first spell with Swansea, then he will provide excellent competition for Oliver McBurnie this season and will hopefully tutor the youngster into a better player this season.