City to contest Aguero’s FA charge

Manchester City are contesting a charge of violent conduct against striker Sergio Aguero after he elbowed West Ham’s Winston Reid.

The incident, which was not seen by referee Andre Marriner and his officials, occurred during City’s 3-1 win over the Hammers on Sunday. Aguero¬†appeared to lash out at Reid with his elbow after the defender had his hands on the 28-year-old’s neck.

The Football Association have taken retrospective action against Aguero by charging him with violent conduct, and the Argentina international could face a three-match ban if found guilty. Such a suspension would rule the striker out of the derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 10, as well as a league clash with Bournemouth and an EFL Cup tie at Swansea.

An independent panel are expected to rule on the matter on Friday after reviewing video evidence and written submissions. Aguero, who is currently sidelined by a calf injury, is not expected to appear in person