Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero could face a three-match ban that will rule him out of the Manchester derby in September.
Winston Reid and Sergio Aguero’s clash in the 76th minute of City’s match against West Ham United saw Reid left speechless after being elbowed by the Argentinian.
Although referee Andre Marriner did not take any action at the time, the Football Association could take retrospective action unless Marriner himself states that he did witness the incident and is comfortable with his original decision not to act on it.
City had gone on to win the match by 3-1 thanks to goals by Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling. However, if Aguero is found guilty and charged, he will miss the visit to Old Trafford, a home game against Bournemouth and a trip to Swansea City in the EFL Cup.
“I am new here so I don’t know how it works,” City manager Pep Guardiola said in regards to Aguero’s potential ban. “I didn’t see so I cannot comment. Hopefully nothing happens. If it happens, we accept and adapt. If we lose him, we lose him. We are going to play with 11.”
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic agreed, saying: “I did not see the Sergio Aguero incident. We were going to change the centre-half anyway to go four at the back. Winston Reid got a little injured so we took him off.”
Mark Noble, the West Ham captain, claimed Reid was left speechless by the challenge.
“I didn’t see it, to be honest. I didn’t know what it was about,” he said. “I know he [Reid] couldn’t talk. He said it was because he had got something in the throat.”
Asked if Aguero had hit Reid’s Adam’s apple, Noble said: “I know that he can’t talk in there so that must be the case.”