The unfortunate injury of Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho has turned out a blessing for Ivorian star Wilfred Bony.
The former Swansea forward was deemed surplus to requirement by new manager Pep Guardiola and has already placed him on the transfer list with the likes of West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, and Trabzonspor interested in his services.
But it looks like all that will be on hold now because of the injury to 19-year-old Nigerian, Iheanacho who the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has shown faith in by giving him a new contract that will see him stay at the club until 2021.
Iheanacho was starting his first game this season in the UEFA Champions League play-off between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest – the first leg ended 5-0 in favour of the Citizens so Guardiola rested star striker Sergio Aguero for the young Nigerian.
However, his joy soon turned to pain as he went off injured early in the second half. He was carried off in a stretcher and replaced by Fernando.
City eventually won the game by a lone striker courtesy a lone goal by former Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph as the Citizens romped to a 6-0 aggregate win to qualify for the group phase of the UEFA Champions League.
As it stands now, Aguero is the only fit striker left in the team and Guardiola may just have to readmit Bony into the first team which means he won’t be able to leave the Etihad this summer.