By Wayne Veysey

3rd Mar, 2017 | 9:08am

New Aston Villa blow: Senior player to miss next six matches

By Harry Sykes

Leandro Bacuna has been slapped with a six-match suspension by the Football Association for bodychesting a linesman.

The FA announced on their official website on Friday morning that the versatile midfielder will serve the lengthy ban following his sending-off against Derby last weekend.

Bacuna was dismissed in the 94th minute when he bodychested and thrust his head in the direction of the referee’s assistant after a decision didn’t go his way in his side’s 1-0 win.

Referee Andy Madley showed the 25-year-old a straight red card for violent conduct, which immediately meant a three-match ban.

An independent regulatory commission have now ruled that the standard punishment is “clearly insufficient” and have added another three matches to the sanction the player is already serving.

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It means that manager Steve Bruce will be unable to call upon Bacuna, who can play in midfield and at full-back, for over a month.

The Dutchman will miss Championship fixtures against Rotherham, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan, Norwich and QPR.

Villa are aiming to secure a third consecutive win when they travel to Yorkshire to face bottom club Rotherham on Saturday afternoon.

In other Aston Villa news, a chief executive has revealed this 24-year-old member of Bruce’s squad was joining West Ham.

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