Brief reprieve for Aguero

LONDON • Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been given an extra 24 hours for his appeal against a Football Association (FA) charge of violent conduct.

The club said their officials dealing with the paperwork would be heavily involved yesterday with transfer deadline-day negotiations, so the FA had agreed to an extra day's grace.

They now have until 1700 GMT today (1am, Singapore time tomorrow)to decide whether to appeal. The Argentina striker was charged after appearing to elbow West Ham defender Winston Reid during Sunday's 3-1 Premier League win.

If found guilty, he will receive a three-game ban. That would mean him not only missing the Sept 10 trip to Manchester United that follows the international break but also the league visit of Bournemouth and the trip to Swansea City in the League Cup.

Team-mates Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony, and Samir Nasri will no longer play a part in this City campaign as the trio all secured season-long loan moves.

Goalkeeper Hart, 29, completed his switch to Italian Serie A club Torino yesterday after being frozen out by new City manager Pep Guardiola.

Striker Bony, who has also failed to win over Guardiola, tweeted about "a new exciting challenge" prior to his move to Premier League rivals Stoke City.

"He has power, speed and very good physical attributes which will undoubtedly help us, and his technical and finishing skills are outstanding, too," Stoke manager Mark Hughes told the club's website.

Midfielder Nasri, criticised by Guardiola when he returned to pre-season overweight, has joined Spanish La Liga side Sevilla.

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