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Messi misses Barca match 'for baby's birth'

AFP  |  Barcelona 

has pulled out of Barcelona's squad for today's match at with reports saying the birth of his third child is imminent.

The club tweeted: "Change to the squad. Messi is out for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place."

Messi's wife is expecting a boy, a brother to five-year-old and Mateo, who is two. The child is expected to be called Ciro.

The Argentinian couple, both 30, first met as children in 1996. Their relationship began a decade later.

Barcelona, who face Chelsea in the second leg of their last-16 tie at the on Wednesday, have an eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 17:35 IST