Wilfried Bony’s debut for new club lasts just 26 minutes as TV presenter’s stark prediction comes true


Wilfried Bony’s debut at NEC Nijmegen only lasted 26 minutes as he was forced off early after picking up a hamstring injury.

The former Swansea City striker joined the Dutch side in January on a short-term deal which will run until the end of the current campaign.

He was among the substitutes for his new club’s KNVB Cup quarter-final tie with the Go Ahead Eagles on Thursday night.

With his team trailing 2-0, Bony received his first appearance for the club in the 60th minute.

However, he had to be taken off in the 86th minute after suffering yet another injury.

Following Bony’s spell in the Netherlands, ESPN pundit Cristian Willaert admitted – despite the club’s insistence the 33-year-old was fit – that he had serious concerns over the injury record of the leader.

“You hear all these stories of players training for themselves and being so fit,” he said.

“Usually it’s a month before they can play, they get brought in twice, their hamstring is torn and then you don’t see them for the rest of the year.

“NEC says that’s absolutely not the case and he’s really fit. They expect a lot from him.”

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Bony became a Premier League sensation after scoring 34 goals in 70 appearances in his first 18-month spell with Swans before joining Manchester City in January 2015.

He returned to the club in 2017 but was plagued by injuries which eventually led to him being released in 2019 after scoring just four times in 25 outings.

After his move to Nijmegen, Bony paid tribute to Newport County for helping him stay fit during his time as a free agent.

His move to the province of Gelderland was initially criticized by some supporters who were unhappy that the club was signing someone who previously played for their fierce rivals Vitesse Arnhem.

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