Just before the all-important derby clash against arch rivals Manchester United, Manchester City have suffered a huge setback as their star striker Sergio Aguero is all set to miss the match after being given a three-match ban for elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid.
The Football Association found the City marksman guilty of violent conduct after he elbowed West Ham’s Winston Reid in City’s 3-1 Premier League win on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.
The West Ham player was seen holding his neck after the incident. However, the incident was missed by referee Andre Marriner and his fellow officials during the match. But a three-man panel of former Premier League referees agreed that the Manchester City striker was guilty of a red-card offence that would bring an automatic three-match ban. Aguero was given an extension until 6 p.m. BST on Thursday to respond to the charge.
However, City failed in their appeal to get the decision overturned and the striker will now miss the game against Manchester United on September 10 as well as the home clash with Bournemouth on September 17 and EFL Cup tie at Swansea City on September 21.
A statement on the FA website said: “Sergio Aguero will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after an FA charge of violent conduct against him was found proven.
“The Manchester City forward was involved in a 76th-minute incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid on Sunday [28 August 2016], which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
“The club denied the charge and submitted further that, if it was to be found proven, the standard punishment would be clearly excessive.
“On finding the charge proven at a hearing today, an Independent Regulatory Commission went on to reject the club’s further claim to decrease the three-match ban.”
Aguero picked up a calf injury in the game and was substituted in the 88th minute. He has since withdrawn from Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.
The 28-year old is in red hot form, scoring six times in his first four appearances, including a hat trick in the Champions League playoff first leg against Steaua Bucharest. And so losing him is a huge blow for City boss Pep Guardiola who would be looking to maintain his perfect start to the season after winning the opening three games.