Manchester City will contest the Football Association’s charge of violent conduct against Sergio Aguero.
Aguero had been cited for an alleged elbow on West Ham defender Winston Reid during Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
The striker could face a ban, likely to be three games, if found guilty by the governing body, but City hope to overturn the charge altogether.
If the club are successful then they will have the Argentine available for their next game, the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on September 10.
The outcome will be decided at a hearing on Friday. It is understood Aguero is not in danger of being banned for an extra game as a result of a “frivolous” appeal.
The FA outlined their decision making process in a statement on Tuesday.
“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.”
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