Lavezzi challenging Higuain in Argentina attack

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm •  Published: June 12, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — It's hard to think of another team in the World Cup that could leave a player like Gonzalo Higuain on the bench.

Argentina might.

The Napoli target player is normally coach Alejandro Sabella's first choice to link up with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero in Argentina's three-man attack.

But it was Ezequiel Lavezzi who was playing with the presumed starters at the beginning of Argentina's practice Thursday, three days before the team's World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

That could suggest that Higuain isn't back to full fitness, even though he no longer appears to be bothered by an ankle injury that's kept him sidelined since May. It could also mean that Sabella favors Lavezzi's speed over Higuain's aerial game against the tall Bosnian defense.

With 21 goals, the 26-year-old Higuain is the Argentine squad's second highest scorer, after Messi. Higuain scored 25 goals in 46 games for Napoli this season.

Lavezzi, 29, scored 12 times for Paris Saint Germain in 2013-2014. He has four goals for Argentina.