Argentina’s Di Maria doubtful for semi-final

Argentina winger Angel Di Maria is a major doubt to play in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final match against the Netherlands on Wednesday after suffering an injury in Saturday’s win over Belgium, BBC Sport has reported.

The South American side are expected to make an announcement on Di Maria’s condition some time on Sunday, with the Real Madrid star having picked up the thigh injury while taking a shot at goal in the 1-0 victory, which was decided by Gonzalo Higuain’s instinctive shot into the corner of net after just eight minutes.

The incident which saw Di Maria come off took place on 33 minutes, and it forced coach Alejandro Sabella into a change of system as he brought on the more defensively minded Enzo Perez.

Di Maria has been one of Argentina’s more impressive performers so far at this World Cup, where they have won each of their five games by a single goal. He scored the winner in the second round against Switzerland, but now there are fears that he could be ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

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