December 18, 2014
Argentina return to training with Di María jogging
Di María trained lightly in the hope of being able to play a part in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday despite suffering a thigh injury just days ago.
Di María, the South Americans' most creative player after Lionel Messi, hurt a muscle when shooting at goal during the quarter-final win over Belgium
Argentina face Germany on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium for football's greatest prize.
The speedy Real Madrid player, who links well with Messi in Argentina's attack, jogged lightly in his first training since the injury at Argentina's camp in Belo Horizonte.In a session that began just after 4.30pm, the players gathered in the middle of the main pitch at the training complex for a chat led by coach Alejandro Sabella. A relaxed atmosphere, marked by bouts of laughter when the trainer pointed out striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, betrayed the team's happiness at having made the final after 24 years.
The starting line-up against the Netherlands carried out stretching exercises, while the rest of the squad - except for Di María - took part in a practice match against the youngsters who make up the 'sparring' team.