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
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.