Wednesday 21 February 2018

Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester derby as he begins three-match ban

Sergio Aguero will missed the Manchester derby through suspension
Sergio Aguero will missed the Manchester derby through suspension

Pep Guardiola must plan for the eagerly awaited Manchester derby without Sergio Aguero after the Argentina striker received a three-match ban for violent conduct.

The Manchester City forward was charged retrospectively by the Football Association after appearing to elbow West Ham's Winston Reid in the second half of the Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

The incident, after which Reid was seen holding his neck, was missed by referee Andre Marriner and his fellow officials during the match.

The charge was issued after a review panel felt he should have been sent off. The charge was subsequently contested by City, but the FA announced on Friday that this had been rejected.

Aguero will now be banned for City's next three domestic matches - starting with the derby against United at Old Trafford on September 10, when Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will clash in the Premier League for the first time.

He will also sit out the home clash with Bournemouth on September 17 and the EFL Cup third-round clash at Swansea four days later.

The 28-year-old, who is missing Argentina's World Cup qualifying double-header against Uruguay and Venezuela due to a calf injury, has scored eight goals in his nine appearances against city rivals United and has made an impressive start to the season.

Yaya Toure, meanwhile, has been omitted from City's squad for the Champions League group stage.

The 33-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder has yet to feature for City in a Premier League squad in the first three matches under new manager Guardiola.

Toure was squeezed out by UEFA rules on the minimum number of locally trained players in European squads.

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