Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after he appeared to elbow Watford’s Valon Behrami on Saturday.
Drinkwater clashed with Behrami in the67th minute of Watford’s 2-1 Premier League win at Vicarage Road.
Referee Neil Swarbrick had shown Drinkwater a yellow card for fouling Behrami two minutes earlier and the England international faces a potential three-match ban if found guilty.
That would rule the 26-year-old out of matches against Middlesbrough, who visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday, Sunderland and Manchester City.
It would be another blow in Leicester’s faltering Premier League season, with the defending champions just two points above the relegation zone following defeat at Watford, their sixth of the season.
Drinkwater has started every game in every competition this campaign and his absence would leave boss Claudio Ranieri short in midfield as Nampalys Mendy continues to struggle to overcome an ankle injury.
The Italian would have just Andy King and Daniel Amartey as available central midfielders while defenders Robert Huth and Danny Simpson are one caution away from bans.