How a Hamstring Injury has Set the Stage for Bony to Lose Out
Wilfried Guemland Bony is one of Ivory Coast’s most prized footballers, having led the country through the 2012 African Cup of Nations, 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Bony was included in the nation’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he scored an equaliser goal against Japan after a remarkable cross from Serge Aurier. His performance on and off the pitch, both as a player for the national team and his football club- Manche. In the 2015 African Cup of Nations, he scored two headers, one with an assist from Max Gradel and the second one from Yaya Toure. In 2012, he was also named Dutch footballer of the year.
These highlights and accolades can provide you with how valuable Bony is to the Ivorian National team, but his allegiances do not lie solely with Ivory Coast, Bony also plays for Manchester City. Bony’s allegiance to both the Ivory Coast and Manchester City could stand as a source of confusion for him, as the World Cup qualifier draws near. ESPN FC reported that Wilfried Bony is set to report for international duty to Ivory Coast, despite sustaining injuries. Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini believes that the injured striker should not be playing in order for him to curb the risk of exacerbating more pain and injuries on his body.
Pellegrini is reported as being resigned on the reality that Bony is set to link up with the Ivory Coast National Team who will be facing Liberia in the World Cup Qualifier. With Bony suffering a hamstring injury, the liabilities that could come from playing with the Nation
Pellegrini told the media on saturday, “it is difficult to know at this moment how serious his hamstring injury is.” “His country must review the injury. But I don’t think he will be able to play and he will return to Manchester.”
The question here lies in what should be the primary mandate. If Bony’s loyalty lies with Ivory Coast and Manchester City, who’s precedent should be taken more seriously, or should Bony place his health as the primary ruling factor above all other options? Bony’s absence on the team, along with Sergio Aguero’s injury leaves Manchester City open and what critics deem “weak” for the season.
As international breaks continue to take a toll on Premiership games, coaches all over Europe must decide on the fate of team players, even for a short interim. It isn’t always easy as these breaks create halts in practice, training and as we have seen in the case of Bony, injuries.
To learn more about Wilfried Bony’s injury and Manuel Pallegrini’s decision, visit this article by ESPN