Argentina have been hit by concern over the fitness of star forward Lionel Messi as the diminutive Barcelona playmaker did not take part in training today.
Argentina tackle in-form Germany in the glamour tie of the World Cup quarter-finals in Cape Town on Sunday morning.
The South Americans claimed the little wizard has a cold and that he was kept out of training for precautionary reasons.
They also said that his participation is not in doubt but a rumour was circulating among the press corps that the 23-year-old's problem could be a more serious fever.
Argentina and Germany meet in a repeat of the quarter-final four years ago when the Europeans won 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.