While admitting that Di Maria's absence is a blow for Argentina, Sabella wants his team to "adapt to the circumstances".
"I always said Di Maria was extremely important. He brings balance to the side, can perform various different jobs and associates well with (Lionel) Messi," he told FIFA.com.
"He has won the Champions League and all of Europe wants him in their side. We have to adapt to the circumstances and the moment."
The winner of tonight's match between Argentina and the Netherlands will meet Germany in Sunday's final.