Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony has revealed that his early season poor form for Manchester City was down to the fact that he contracted malaria during pre-season.
The 26-year-old former Swansea City forward did not travel on the club’s summer tour of Australia and Vietnam with the club citing an undefined illness as the reason for his absence.
However, with the injury to first choice striker Sergio Aguero, the Ivorian stepped up and grabbed two goals in the 5-1 win against Bournemouth at the Etihad – a game that witness Raheem Sterling score his first career hat-trick.
“I got malaria from Africa when I was coming back but I am okay now,” Bony told BBC Sport after scoring twice in City’s 5-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
“I feel I have turned the corner. I have had a lot of injuries and been sick, and feel that is all away from me now.
“I just want to do my job, do my best in training and score when I get my chance in the match. Every striker is happy when he scores, especially when the team wins.”
Manchester City lead the log with 21points after nine Premier League matches so far this season.