Ser­gio Aguero fac­ing three-match ban

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SER­GIO Aguero is fac­ing a three-match ban af­ter throw­ing an el­bow at Win­ston Reid on Sun­day and could miss the Manch­ester derby.

The striker caught West Ham’s cen­tral de­fender late on dur­ing Manch­ester City’s 3-1 win, sealed by a Ra­heem Ster­ling dou­ble and a Fer­nand­inho header.

Reid was in­stantly re­moved by Slaven Bilic, but the Ham­mers boss later said that was a tac­ti­cal decision.

Ref­eree An­dre Mar­riner was close by and City will ar­gue that he saw the in­ci­dent. But he gave no free-kick and it ap­peared last night that the of­fi­cial was un­aware of any vi­o­lent con­duct.

That means the FA could look at ret­ro­spec­tive ac­tion if Mar­riner says he did not see the in­ci­dent.

Reid, who West Ham con­firmed had re­cov­ered last night, could not speak in the dress­ing room, and Mark No­ble said:

“I know he couldn’t talk. He said he had got some­thing in the throat.”

A sus­pen­sion would see Aguero miss the clash with Jose Mour­inho’s United at Old Traf­ford on Septem­ber 10, an­other Pre­mier League game against Bournemouth be­fore a trip to the Lib­erty Sta­dium to face Swansea in the EFL Cup.

Re­gard­less of Aguero’s po­ten­tial ab­sence, the meet­ing with United is one Guardi­ola is look­ing for­ward to.

“We have to make an amazing per­for­mance to win at Old Traf­ford,” he said.

“I can imag­ine the at­mos­phere. I am look­ing for­ward to liv­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence.” — Sports­Mail.

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