Messi misses Barcelona training due to imminent birth of his son

The Argentina international is expected to become a dad in the upcoming hours after his girlfriend has been admitted to a local hospital
Barcelona have given Lionel Messi permission to skip Friday's training session as his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo has been admitted to hospital to give birth to their son Thiago.

Roccuzzo was taken to Hospital USP Dexeus early on Friday morning, with the Argentina international joining his girlfriend at the facility near Camp Nou after his club granted him permission to miss training.

Head coach Tito Vilanova recently stated that he would leave it up to Messi to decide whether he would be available for Saturday's Primera Division match against Celta Vigo if he were to become a father shortly before the game.

The Catalans currently sit joint first in La Liga with Atletico Madrid with 25 points from nine games, and they will be looking to maintain their unbeaten status against the newly promoted side.

Saturday's match is scheduled to kick off at 18:00CET.