MIDFIELDER Jamie Lindsay missed out for Rotherham United at the weekend because he was at the bedside of his six-week-old son.
Scot Lindsay, aged 24, became a father for the second time in early November and new-born Jaiden was taken into hospital in Glasgow last week when he suddenly fell ill.
The player was given compassionate leave by the Millers to be with his family and didn't feature in the 2-2 League One draw at Southend United on Saturday.
"I've asked for Jamie's permission to explain why he was missing," said Rotherham manager Paul Warne after watching his side climb back into the play-off places at Roots Hall.
"Otherwise people will think I've been having an early Christmas tipple if I've not involved him in the squad.
"Unfortunately, Jaiden became ill last week. Jamie has gone back to Glasgow where his son is in hospital.
"Jaiden is recovering now. He's coming through it. He's still in hospital, though, and obviously I've given Jamie time to be with his partner and his son."
Rotherham followers rallied round on social media when the news first emerged yesterday, sending messages of support to the summer signing's Twitter account.
Happily, Jaiden is making such good progress that his dad could be back in training this week and should be available for next Saturday's home clash with Fleetwood Town.