Angel di Maria suffered a thigh injury and had to be substituted against Belgium © Getty Images
Angel di Maria suffered a thigh injury and had to be substituted against Belgium © Getty Images

 

Brasilia: Jul 6, 2014

 

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said in Brasilia on Saturday that he hoped Angel di Maria would be fit to play in Wednesday’s FIFA World Cup 2014 semi-final. During Argentina‘s 1-0 win over Belgium in the FIFA World Cup 2014 quarter-final, di Maria suffered a thigh injury and had to be substituted in the 33rd minute.

 

“The Real Madrid midfielder will undergo tests Sunday,” said Sabella, reports Xinhua. “We lost one player and hope it won’t be too much in the case of Angel.”

 

“He is vital to us, but the players played an excellent match from a tactical and strategic point of view: the idea of giving and not receiving in order to create a virtuous circle. We want more, but we lived up to the objective, which was to be a part of the final four of the best teams in the world,” he said.

 

Gonzalo Higuain, who scored the winner in the match and became the Man of the Match, also spoke highly of di Maria.

 

“He’s part of the starting eleven and is very helpful,” Higuain said. “I’m really sorry that he left, but we will join forces and hope he will be ready as soon as possible. We know what he represents for the team.”

 

A delighted Sabella said: “After 24 years, we can be among the four best teams in the world. So as you can tell, this is a huge, but moderate joy. We have to reserve our energy.”

 

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