Sergio Aguero faces the prospect of missing the Manchester derby after being charged by the Football Association following his alleged elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid.
Aguero was pictured arriving at Manchester City’s Etihad campus as he waited to hear whether he will be given a ban.
And on Tuesday afternoon the FA confirmed the striker has been charged in a statement.
The statement read: ‘Sergio Aguero has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
‘The Manchester City forward was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 76th minute of the game on Sunday [28 August 2016]. He has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August to reply.
‘Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite match officials. Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.
‘For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.’
In City’s last Premier League match on Sunday, Aguero was seen elbowing the West Ham defender in the second half.
If Aguero is given a retrospective punishment, he would miss City’s next three domestic matches.
Most notably, the Argentine striker would miss City’s big clash with neighbours Manchester United on September 10.
After that, Aguero would have to sit out their league fixture with Bournemouth and the EFL Cup third round clash with Swansea.
Aguero has been ruled out of Argentina’s upcoming matches against Uruguay and Venezuela with a calf injury.
Pep Guardiola will be hoping his main striker is fully fit and escapes a ban for Sunday’s incident.
Aguero has started the new campaign well, scoring three goals in three Premier League games.
The 28-year-old striker also helped fire City into the Champions League after scoring a hat-trick against Steaua Bucharest in the first leg.

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