Argentina were ready to implement a high-risk strategy and
start with Angel Di Maria in the World Cup final - until the
player pulled out of training with a suspected thigh injury.

Di Maria had to go off in the quarter-final win against
Belgium after injuring his muscle and Argentina were
desperate to add to their attacking options for Sunday’s final
with Germany.

Manager Alejandro Sabella was eager to use Di Maria, a key
player in the tournament so far, at the Maracana Stadium in
Rio de Janeiro, but his plans may have been set back.