Man Utd bans Odion Ighalo from training ground over Coronavirus

Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has been banned by Man Utd training ground in Spain over the fear of a potential coronavirus risk.

Amid concerns over the border restrictions, Odion Ighalo is on loan at Man United from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season, was banned from their training ground and has been working with a personal trainer at a separate location in Manchester due to the Coronavirus risk.

Man Utd bans Odion Ighalo from training ground over Coronavirus


Ighalo was instructed to train away from United’s AON Training Complex for health and safety issues, against the backdrop of the outbreak of the virus in China, which has already claimed more than 1,100 lives. He was not allowed to travel with the rest of the team to Spain.

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This decision is also due to concerns border restrictions could be tightened on travellers who have been in China within the past 14 days, potentially affecting his re-entry to the UK.

Explaining Ighalo’s absence from the warm-weather training camp, Solskjaer said:

“Odion will stay in Manchester, because since he has come from China in the last 14 days, the news of the virus there means we’re not sure if he’s going to be allowed back into England if he leaves the country again.

“So he’s staying here working with a personal coach on an individual programme and his family then can settle in England as well. That’s a plus.

“Of course, he might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them, but we don’t want to take that risk [of potential border restrictions tightening].”

Ighalo is currently training in Marbella on a personalised fitness programme with Manchester-based performance coach Wayne Richardson at the GB Taekwondo Centre in Manchester but will join his United team-mates tomorrow, ahead of Monday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea, Mirror reports.

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