A pair of Swansea City players have suffered serious injuries and will miss the remainder of the season.
Striker Wilfried Bony and midfielder Leroy Fer will not feature the rest of the way as Swans attempt to stay clear of the drop zone.
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Bony has torn his ACL, while Fer has ruptured his achilles. Both will require surgery.
In Bony’s case, Swansea says he suffered the injury early in his 19 minute substitute appearance Saturday but played through it.
Swans did buy striker Andre Ayew from West Ham in the transfer window, though they let Oliver McBurnie take a loan to Barnsley.
Fer had played 20 league matches with a goal and an assist for Swans, while Bony has played 14 PL matches with a pair of goals.
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Manchester City can set the Premier League record for consecutive wins in a single season when it visits Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Each side has scored in the last eight meetings between the two in all competitions, which is about the only bit of good news for Paul Clement‘s side outside of their weekend win over West Brom. Man City has dominated the series in recent memory, and really all time.
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And some good news for Man City, too: There won’t be any problem with what they do in their own changing room.
“Like any club, Manchester City are able to play music in their dressing room,” a Swansea City spokesman said following the fracas at the Manchester Derby.
Wilfried Bony will be fired up to face his former club, and he’s coming off a big goal to sink West Brom. He’s going to have a lot in the tank. From the Manchester Evening News:
“Every game I look forward to but it is special to play against your old team. Injuries had an impact on my time at City. When you come from a club where you play every game and then you are playing maybe once a month or two games a month it is completely different.”
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What they’re saying
Swansea City back Alfie Mawson on slowing Man City: “I’m very fortunate to test myself against the highest calibre of footballer there is. City are flying this season. They’ve got one of the best managers in the world. We’ve got to find a way to combat them. Every team is finding it hard and I’m sure it’s going to be a very tough game because of the quality and depth they have. We’ve got to be switched on for the entire game, as they’ll punish one lapse in concentration.”
Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne on the 11-point table lead: “Lots of teams lost points this weekend so it is a big one for us [the win] just to put more pressure on the rest. We have to enjoy it and then focus again for Wednesday. It is a big gap. If we slip up we are still in the lead. We can’t be complacent. We need to do what we have all year. I prefer to be 11 points ahead than 11 points behind that’s for sure.”
The run continues, as Paul Clement prioritizes Saturday’s trip to Everton and City cruises to a 3-0 win.
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- Bony scores again
- Clement gets much needed win
Swansea City got a huge win off the boot of Wilfried Bony, as the Welsh hosts pulled to within a point of safety following a 1-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
The three points boost Swans to 12, a point behind the 17th place Baggies.
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The green-clad Baggies were content to keep Swansea atop the 18 when the ball arrived in the final third, and a Tom Carroll free kick bobbling off the far post was the closest Swans got to going up.
Jonny Evans was stripped by Wilfried Bony 10 minutes into the second half, and the Ivorian striker side stepped Claudio Yacob to tempt goal.
Paul Clement‘s Swans got a massive advantage thanks to returning hero Bony, who was back door to clean up the garbage off a corner kick. A huge lead for the Welsh side put Swans up 1-0 in the 81st minute.
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Some of Manchester City’s most expensive signings will be left home this month as the team heads to the U.S. for the start of its preseason slate.
According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola has decided to leave goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer, midfielder Samir Nasri and forward Wilfried Bony back in Manchester ahead of the club’s U.S. tour. Combined, the players are reportedly valued at more than $155 million.
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All five players spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium on loan and are reportedly not in Guardiola’s plans for the upcoming season.
Like Group A, Group C in the Africa Cup of Nations has very little decided ahead of the final group stage match.
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Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo
A thrilling first half had DR Congo leading 1-0 and 2-1, with only Wilfried Bony netting for the Ivory Coast. Les Elephants grabbed a draw through Serey Die’s 67th minute goal.
DR Congo now leads the group and is primed to advance with a result against Togo or a Morocco loss or draw against Ivory Coast.
Morocco 3-1 Togo
Mathieu Dossevi gave Togo a surprise fifth minute lead lead, but Aziz Bouhaddouz kickstarted the Moroccan attack to plug the victors into Group C’s second spot ahead of a Jan. 24 showdown with Ivory Coast.
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