Manchester City is all set to appeal the FA charge of violent conduct against their star striker Sergio Aguero in a bid to have him ready for the all-important Manchester derby on September 10.
The Argentine striker was charged by the FA following an elbowing incident involving West Ham defender Winston Reid during Sunday’s Premier League match 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 handed an extra 24 hours to respond to the misconduct charge on Wednesday and the refusal of City and Aguero to accept the ban means an Independent Commission will sit today. The Argentina international had until 6 pm yesterday (September 1) to respond to the charge and sources close to the forward have indicated he will contest the charge.
Aguero could face a three-match ban if found guilty, ruling him out of the derby against Manchester United on September 10 as well as a home clash with Bournemouth and EFL Cup tie at Swansea.
The striker is a fitness doubt for the derby clash anyway after he limped out of City’s 3-1 win over the Hammers with a calf injury. Both Manchester United and Manchester City have made a perfect start to their season by winning the opening three games and both managers would want to field their best players in the derby to continue the winning momentum.