Sergio Aguero is set to miss out on the Manchester derby after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.
The charge comes after Aguero elbowed Winston Reid in the second half of Manchester City’s 3-1 win against West Ham on Sunday.
The 28-year-old is likely to receive a three-match ban, which will see him miss the City’s clash against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on September 10.
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The FA have released a statement that confirms a three-man panel will review the incident to determine whether Aguero deserved to be sent off.
Aguero has until 6pm on August 31 - tomorrow - to reply.
Marriner didn't see it
City had hoped their star man would escape punishment after footage appeared to show referee Andre Marriner had a clear view of the altercation, which occurred in the 77th minute at the Etihad Stadium.
However, the FA’s statement claims Marriner didn’t see the elbow.
“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite match officials,” the statement reads.
“Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.”
Retrospective action will be taken if the panel’s decision is unanimous.
Along with the Manchester derby, Aguero is also set to miss City’s league game against Bournemouth on September 17 and their trip to Swansea three days later in the EFL Cup third round.
Pep Guardiola’s team can cope without the Argentinian for the latter two contests, but the challenge of going to Old Trafford and leaving with three points just became a whole lot tougher.
While City fans reacted to the news with despair, United supporters celebrated.