SAO PAULO (SportingAlert) — Argentina exciting midfielder Angel di Maria has been ruled out of the rest of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after picking up an injury in the quarterfinals against Belgium on Saturday.
The Real Madrid winger suffered a muscle tear in his squad during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Belgium in the last eight and reports claimed that the speedy midfielder will take no further part in the tournament.
Di Maria, who picked up the strain while attempting a shot at goal, was treated at the sidelines initially after feeling the pain.
He managed to re-entered the pitch, but was unable to carry on playing and limped off minutes later on the half-hour mark and replaced by Enzo Pérez.
According to reports, the 26-year-old, who scored the winning goal against Switzerland in the round of 16, sustained a muscle tear that will need time to heal.
With just two games left to be played in the World Cup and in just seven days, team doctors are ruling out the possibilities of the Real Madrid star recovering in time to play again in this year’s tournament.
On the injury list for Argentina as well is forward Sergio Aguero, who recently returned to training.
Hosts Brazil will be without star forward Neymar, who is also ruled out of the World Cup with a back problem.