Sergio Aguero was fortunate that the referee wasn’t watching when he elbowed Winston Reid in Manchester City’s 3-1 win against West Ham.
The Argentinian clashed with the West Ham defender in the second half.
That said, he will almost certainly face retrospective punishment for his quite blatant elbow.
Aguero was kept largely quiet by West Ham’s defence but that is no excuse for his outburst. It adds a sour note to City’s win.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho gave Pep Guardiola’s team a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes but Michail Antonio’s header ensured a nervy finish.
Sterling, who is enjoying a remarkable return to form, eased City’s fears with a tidy goal in the 92nd minute.
City held on to join rivals Manchester United and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
But Guardiola will probably be without his star player for the foreseeable future. City play United in the first game back from the international break and the task of beating Jose Mourinho’s team will be much more difficult without Aguero.
The bad news for the neutral, of course, is that we won’t get to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs. Aguero.
His elbow could even scupper Wilfried Bony’s proposed exit from the club. The Ivorian has been linked with a move to the London Stadium but Guardiola may well block his departure.
City have a wealth of players but Aguero is arguably the best player in England. If he is suspended, he’ll be a big miss.
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