Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss his side's all important league fixture against Arsenal later this month after being handed a four-match ban by the FA.
The Argentine was handed a straight red by referee Anthony Taylor after he lunged in on Chelsea defender David Luiz during the closing stages of Manchester City's 3-1 home loss to the Blues on Saturday.
The ban now means that not only will Aguero miss his side's clash against Arsenal on 18th December, but he will also be unavailable for next week's fixture against Leicester City followed by a midweek clash against Watford and also the Hull City game on Boxing Day.
The former Atletico Madrid star's next match will therefore be on the New Year's Eve against Liverpool, though he will be able to take part in his side's Champions League fixture against Celtic this week.
Team-mate Fernandinho, who was also dismissed for shoving Cesc Fabregas, has been handed a three-match ban by the FA.
Fabregas' role in the incident could probed after it appeared that the Chelsea midfielder had struck Fernandinho on his face prompting a reaction from the Brazilian.
Meanwhile, manager Pep Guardiola has stated that he might ponder rotating his squad for their Champions League clash against Celtic with Aguero being one among the contenders to be rested.
“There will be changes tomorrow, definitely”, Guardiola said at a press conference.
“I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games.
“If Sergio is going to play or not, I am going to decide today or tomorrow. I don’t know at the moment.”