Di Maria ruled out of World Cup semifinalsArgentina's Angel di Maria lies on the ground injured as referee Nicola Rizzoli from Italy requests a stretcher to take him off the pitch during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. At left is Belgium's Axel Witsel and at right, Argentina's Lucas Biglia.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) -- Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of the World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands with a thigh injury while striker Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to play after recovering from a similar problem.
Di Maria limped off the field in the first half of Argentina's quarterfinal win over Belgium after straining a muscle in the back of his right thigh.
Team doctor Daniel Martinez on Sunday said tests showed it was a ''first-degree'' strain - the mildest kind but added that Di Maria wouldn't be fit to play in Wednesday's semifinal.
Martinez said Aguero, who sustained a similar injury 10 days ago, had recovered in an ''excellent'' way.