Angel Di Maria was substituted during Friday's 5-0 win over Panama © Getty Images (File Photo)
Angel Di Maria was substituted during Friday’s 5-0 win over Panama © Getty Images (File Photo)

Los Angeles: Argentina played down fears over Angel Di Maria’s fitness after the Paris Saint-Germain star was hit by a new tournament injury scare. Di Maria, who limped out of Argentina’s campaign at both the 2014 World Cup and 2015’s Copa America, was substituted during Friday’s 5-0 win over Panama. Argentina’s medical staff said Saturday the in-form winger had suffered a hematoma or bruising on his right hamstring but were optimistic he could yet play later in the tournament. “Di Maria had a pain in his right hamstring at the end of the match,” an Argentina team medical official said.

“Examinations revealed a small hematoma. He is responding well to treatment.” Argentina have already qualified for the quarter-finals after Friday’s drubbing of Panama, where Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in 19 minutes. They play Bolivia in their final Group D game in Seattle on Tuesday.