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La Liga By: Linus Onyeze | 10/03/2018

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Lionel Messi has been dropped from Barcelona’s squad to face Malaga for today due to ‘personal reasons’, the La Liga club have announced.

The five-time world player of the year was earlier included in the Barca squad to face Malaga but will now play no part for the Catalan club in their latest outing as he has been freed to leave Ernesto Valverde’s ranks.

His spot has been filled by January signing Yerry Mina.

Messi’s wife, Antonella, is due to give birth to the couple’s third child any day, with the impending new arrival mooted as the reason for the star turn’s absence from professional duty.

The 30-year-old forward revealed in October 2017 that his family was to welcome another addition.

He then announced in February that a third son would be called Ciro, with Mateo and Thiago set to get a little brother.