Wilfried Bony could feature for Manchester City this weekend

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Over five weeks after signing a £25million deal to swap Swansea for Manchester City, Wilfried Bony could finally be about to make his debut for the Premier League champions as they host Newcastle on Saturday.

The Ivorian striker immediately jetted for international duty after his January switch but he's now ready for his City bow having helped the Ivory Coast to African Cup of Nations glory.

His return didn't come without complications, visa issues meaning he had to wait until Monday to link up for his first City training session, over a week after the showpiece African event reached it's dramatic climax with a 9-8 penalty shoot-out finale.


Despite the excitement over a possible Bony debut, it's the return of another Ivorian that will have City fans on the edge of their seats.

After a difficult start to the campaign, Yaya Toure seemed to finally have been hitting top form again and had scored in his last three league appearances before international commitments took him away from Manuel Pellegrini.

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In his absence City have really struggled, failing to win the five games for which he was unavailable.

City did eventually get a win without their talismanic midfielder, but Toure only missed the 4-1 victory over Stoke on Pellegrini's say so, not because he was unavailable.


Following City's obvious dependance on Toure, the big midfielder will walk straight back in to the starting 11 against Newcastle, with one of City's Brazilian duo; Fernando and Fernandinho, making way.

Another man who could be dropped from the engine room is James Milner. The England man scored and assisted against Stoke but could struggle to force his way into a 4-4-2.

With Samir Nasri and David Silva being naturally more talented than Milner, they're likely to be given creative responsibility from the wings.

Bony debut

Should Nasri and Silva start their primary job could be to supply a debut goal for Bony, although he may not feature from the start.

Having this week admitted he's not at 100% just yet, Bony could be overlooked for Edin Dzeko, who will be desperate to prove he's still worthy of a place in the team.

Whoever gets the nod they'll no doubt be partnered by Sergio Aguero who scored his first goals since December in the victory over Stoke.

Clean sheets

A major factor behind City's inability to keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the league this season has been their leaky defence.

Pellegrini's men are without a clean sheet in eight league matches, their worst defensive runsince 2011.

While Joe Hart has been a mainstay between the sticks, the back four hasn't been anywhere near settled.

Vincent Kompany's injury hit season has seen both Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis the chance to shine but neither have impressed when called upon.

At full-back, Gael Clichy has been a regular on the left, but Pablo Zabaleta has faced tough competition from Bacary Sagna.

Must win

City currently sit seven points behind the leaders and cannot afford to slip up on Saturday with Chelsea widely expected to take three points from visitors Burnley earlier in the day.

Thankfully for fans at the Etihad Stadium, they can look back on a run of ten consecutive league victories over the Magpies, although things didn't go to plan in the Capital One Cup earlier this season.

Newcastle, then managed by Alan Pardew, claimed a 2-0 victory to knock the holders out and City may be on the lookout for revenge.

Predicted Line-Up

Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva; Aguero, Dzeko

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