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Sam Cooke endures ‘complicated’ 39 hour labour but she and ‘amazing’ Man Utd husband Chris Smalling celebrate birth of baby boy

MANCHESTER UNITED star Chris Smalling is celebrating becoming a father for the first time after wife Sam Cooke endured a "complicated" 39 HOUR labour.

The "amazing" England defender was then captured getting to grips with daddy duties with baby boy Leo Asher after his model partner's horrendous ordeal.

The couple welcomed their first child 10 days ago but only felt up to sharing the news with the world today.

Cooke has been recovering as she told well-wishers of the physical and emotional drain of giving birth.

In a loving post on Instagram, the 33-year-old wrote: "Welcome to the world Leo Asher Smalling.

"Me and (Chris) are totally in love with this little man and promise to try and be the best parents we can be, to help him be the best human he can be happy, healthy and kind.

"After a tough 39 hour labour he arrived on his due date, 14th May 2019.

"Leo was so strong throughout the labour and delivery and is doing really well.

Me and (Chris) are totally in love with this little man and promise to try and be the best parents we can be

"Unfortunately I've had some complications, hence only just getting round to the posting.

"It's been really tough physically and emotionally but I'm so so grateful for my amazing husband who's literally been the best dad and husband in the world.

"And my amazing mum who's been chief cook and housekeeper. Not forgetting [dogs] Miley and Ruben who have been little stars. so grateful for everything I have."

Smalling and wife Sam first announced they were expecting on New Year's Eve, with the pair tying the knot back in June 2017 near Lake Como in Italy.

The birth is also ideal timing for the 29-year-old following the end of United's season, with the centre-back not due back for pre-season until the beginning of July.

Smalling is now the latest Red Devils star to welcome children to the world in the past year after Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, and Fred also became new fathers.

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Happy Birthday Mrs Smalling! It’s been an unforgettable journey so far and I look forward to everything that is coming our way ❤️

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When you realise 20 mins before you get into London that you’re on the same train as your husband and his team and the train manager hooks u up with an upgrade 😃 I needed that comfy seat and a a cuddle at the peak of my travel sickness 🤢 better late than never @smalling xx

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What a feed from @wagamama_uk Great vegan menu. @smalling liked the vegan katsu curry, I liked the yasai samla curry and we both LOVED the mushroom and aubergine steamed buns 😍 . . . . #vegan #veganideas #wagamama #veganrestaurants #veganfoodporn

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Welcome to the world Leo Asher Smalling 💙 🦁 Me and @smalling are totally in love with this little man and promise to try and be the best parents we can be, to help him be the best human he can be, to be happy, healthy and kind. After a tough 39 hour labour he arrived on his due date, 14th May 2019. Leo was so strong throughout the labour and delivery and is doing really well. Unfortunately I’ve had some complications, hence only just getting around to posting. It’s been really tough physically and emotionally but I’m so so grateful for my amazing husband who’s literally been the best dad and husband in the world 💜 and my amazing mum who’s been chief cook and housekeeper👩🏼‍🍳 Not forgetting Miley and Ruben who have been little stars 🐶🐕. So grateful for everything I have 🙏🏼

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