Messi included for Celta

New dad Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona’s squad for this evening’s match at home to Celta Vigo.

The Argentine became a father for the first time on Friday as partner Antonella Roccuzzo gave birth to Thiago, and he was excused from training.

Even so and as expected, the 25-year-old has been named in Tito Vilanova’s squad to face Celta this evening.

Barca, who can set a club record for the best start to a League season today, also include Jonathan dos Santos in the squad, as well as full-back Dani Alves, who featured for the first time in midweek after injury.

Barcelona squad to face Celta Vigo: Valdes, Pinto, Alves, Fabregas, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, J. dos Santos, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Adriano, Song, Tello.

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