Wilfried Bony injury could haunt Manchester City

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Manchester City's summer revolution is showing no signs of slowing down. Not content with landing Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi, Manuel Pellegrini is now closing in on Kevin De Bruyne. However, with Wilfried Bony now injured, his other transfer dealings could come back to haunt them. 

The Ivorian took to Instagram to share a picture of him on crutches having sustained an injury in training that now rules him out of Saturday's Premier League clash with newly-promoted Watford at the Etihad Stadium. 

It leaves Pellegrini with just Sergio Aguero at his disposal - having sanctioned the departures of Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic to Serie A. Allowing two forwards of their calibre to leave means their striking department is now sorely lacking options with just five days of the transfer window remaining. 


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Striker exits

Jovetic was always destined to return to Inter Milan having endured a difficult two years in the Premier League - but Dzeko's exit was more unexpected given all he has given to the club since his move from Wolfsburg in January 2011. 

After originally struggling to find his feet, the Bosnian then took on a more prominent role and was an integral part of the squads that won the league under Roberto Mancini in 2012 and then Pellegrini in 2014. 

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Even though he managed just a poultry six goals last term, Dzeko can be a force to be reckoned with and suits City's slick, intricate style of play more than Bony who has so far managed just two goals in Sky Blue colours. 

Pellegrini alternatives

With City looking to copy the Barcelona blueprint of success both on and off the field, Pellegrini could deploy an attacking midfielder as the spearhead of his side if Aguero's injury problems rear their head again. 

That could mean positioning De Bruyne further up the pitch, with David Silva another possible option if for any reason Aguero and Bony are unavailable for selection. 

However, as shown in the past City are at their best when their Argentinean talisman is fully fit and firing, and Pellegrini will be praying things stay simple by their star forward managing to maintain fitness throughout the entire campaign. 

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