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Argentina star Marcos Acuna left out of World Cup final starting line-up after failing fitness test | Football

Marcos Acuna was due to start in the World Cup final (Photo by Juan Luis Diaz/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Marcos Acuna was replaced in Argentina’s starting line-up for the World Cup final against France after failing a late fitness test.

The left-back had been due to start in Doha today but eyebrows were raised when Nicolás Tagliafico was selected to start.

Acuna is a more robust defender than Tagliafico and he had been earmarked to play up against Ousmane Dembele.

But reports in Argentina say Acuna was suffering from a muscle injury on the day of the game and he was deemed unfit to start.

Lionel Scaloni has switched between the two throughout the tournament and he had even considered playing a back three with Lisandro Martinez coming into the side and Acuna playing left wing-back.

But Acuna’s injury means Scaloni’s only change from the semi-final comes in the form of Angel Di Maria coming into the side for Leandro Paredes.

The former Manchester United winger’s played just nine minutes of the knockout stages due to a thigh problem but it was felt his dribbling was needed up against Theo Hernandez, who struggled against Bukayo Saka in the quarter-finals.

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