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Sergio Aguero charged and may miss derby


Off-the-ball clash: Sergio Aguero could be facing ban

Off-the-ball clash: Sergio Aguero could be facing ban

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Off-the-ball clash: Sergio Aguero could be facing ban

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been charged by the Football Association after appearing to elbow West Ham's Winston Reid.

The Football Association has announced Aguero must answer a charge of alleged violent conduct following the incident during City's defeat of the Hammers at the Etihad on Sunday.

The in-form 28-year-old has until 6pm today to respond and could face a three-match ban, which would rule him out of the derby against Manchester United on September 10, if found guilty.

The off-the-ball incident, which occurred in the second half of City's 3-1 win, was not seen by referee Andre Marriner or other officials during the game. It has since been reviewed by a panel of former elite match officials, all of whom agree the matter would have been a sending-off offence.

New Zealand defender Reid was later seen holding his throat and captain Mark Noble said after the game his team-mate "can't really talk".

A three-match ban would also include a Premier League game against Bournemouth and an EFL Cup trip to Swansea.

The player also has injury concerns having withdrawn from Argentina's World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela with a calf problem. The extent of that injury is not yet known.

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