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Lavezzi challenging Higuain for a spot in Argentina's attack

  • Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, walks next to teammate Sergio Aguero during a training session in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Argentina will play in group F of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, walks next to teammate Sergio Aguero during a training session in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Argentina will play in group F of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gonzalo Higuaín, de Argentina, controla el balón con la cabeza durante una práctica en Belo Horizonte, Brasil, el miércoiles 11 de junio de 2014 (AP Foto/Víctor R. Caivano)

    Gonzalo Higuaín, de Argentina, controla el balón con la cabeza durante una práctica en Belo Horizonte, Brasil, el miércoiles 11 de junio de 2014 (AP Foto/Víctor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain are competing for a place in Argentina's three-man attack in the team's World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Higuain is normally coach Alejandro Sabella's first choice to link up with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. But it was Lavezzi who was playing with the presumed starters at the beginning of Argentina's practice Thursday.

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.

Argentina, chasing its first World Cup title since 1986, faces tournament debutant Bosnia on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.