Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said Thursday he was optimistic Angel Di Maria and Rodrigo De Paul will be available for their World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands.
Di Maria missed the last-16 win over Australia because of injury and there are concerns over the fitness of midfielder De Paul, who has played every minute of the tournament in Qatar.
"Yesterday we trained behind closed doors and I don't know where this information comes from," he bristled.
"The truth is always that after a match there are players who train separately or do half the session based on the number of minutes played.
"Today we will make the decision on how we want to approach the match. That is the most important thing."
Argentina face the Netherlands on Friday in a repeat of their 2014 semi-final clash in Brazil, where the South Americans won on penalties following a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes.
The two countries have met five previous times at the World Cup, including in the 1978 final, which Argentina won 3-1 after extra time. Argentina have never beaten the Dutch in 90 minutes.
Van Gaal was also in charge whe the Dutch agonisingly missed out on reaching a fourth World Cup final.
Instead it was an Argentina team led by Alejandro Sabella who advanced before losing 1-0 to Germany in the final after extra time. Thursday marked two years to the day since Sabella's passing.
Sabella died in 2020 at the age of 66, less than two weeks after the death of Diego Maradona, after years of battling with cancer and heart problems.
"Today is a sad day for us. This was a huge loss for Argentina because of everything he gave to us and the values he passed on to us. I wanted to remind everyone of him," said Scaloni.