Manchester City attacker Sergio Aguero has been banned for a total of three matches by the English Football Association, and will therefore miss the upcoming Manchester Derby.
The Argentine forward was seen shoving his elbow on to Winston Reid’s face during City’s Premier League match against West Ham, and has consequently been charged with violent conduct by the FA, and issued with a three-match ban.
The club appealed against the charges, but it was unsuccessful, and the 28-year-old will now have to be sidelined for City’s next three matches.
His suspension means that Sergio Aguero will miss the upcoming Manchester Derby, causing a dilemma for Pep Guardiola, who will have to find an alternative attacking option to lead City next weekend.
Along with the derby, Aguero will also miss City’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth and their trip away to Swansea.
Aguero is a crucial member of the Manchester City squad. He has already scored six goals this season and will be hoping to lead his team to the Premier League title.
A statement from the FA read: “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 (Friday 2 September 2016), an Independent Regulatory Commission went on to reject the club’s further claim to decrease the three-match ban.”
Pep Guardiola would most probably play summer signing Nolito or Raheem Sterling in the striker role. He could also opt for 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho, although it will still be hard to fill in the gap that Sergio Aguero will leave.