Coronavirus : Ighalo banned from Manchester United training ground

Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo was banned from the Manchester United training ground for fears of a potential risk of coronavirus which has been hunting the world now, most especially China.

Remember that the Nigerian international traveled from China, though not from Wuhan, where the virus originated, to the UK to seal his move from the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.

The former Watford striker who works with a personal trainer at a separate location in Manchester has just been instructed to depart from Manchester United’s AON Training Complex for health and safety reasons.

The 30-year-old also did not travel with the Manchester United team to a warm-weather training camp in Spain, due to border restrictions, as this would likely affect his re-entry into Spain.

According to Mirror, Manchester United decided to take the preventive decision to remove Odion Ighalo from the club’s Carrington base during their 14-day incubation period.

Explaining Ighalo’s absence from the warm climate training camp, Solskjaer said: ÔÇťOdion will be in Manchester, because since he came from China in the last 14 days, news of the virus means that we are not sure whether he will be allowed to return to England if he leaves the country again.

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“So he stays here working with a personal trainer on an individual program and his family can also settle in England. That is an advantage.

“Of course, he may have liked to come with the players and meet them, but we don’t want to take that risk [of possible border restrictions].”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed that Ighalo will travel with the team to Stamford Bridge and is expected to debut against Chelsea next week.


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