Messi out of Barca squad for "personal reasons"

Lionel Messi withdraws from Barcelona squad to face Malaga today for 'personal reasons'

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has officially confirmed the birth of his third child, who will be named Ciro, with an image that he has published on his official Instagram account in which he appears shaking hands with the little newborn.

The club tweeted: "Change to the squad. We are super happy".

Messi has not travelled with Barca's squad to Malaga and has been replaced by Yerry Mina.

The Argentine's absence is due to the fact that his wife Antonela Roccuzzo is about to give birth to their third son, who they will name Ciro. He has started 26 of Barca's 27 games, while he came off the bench against Espanyol on February 4.

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Argentina global Messi has scored four goals in his last three league games for leaders Barca, who would go 11 points clear with victory at La Rosaleda.

Messi had been expected to feature in Ernesto Valverde's starting lineup with Barca looking to extend their unbeaten record in La Liga to 28 matches.

Barcelona are due to face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 second leg on Wednesday with the game poised at 1-1.

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