Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo

Manchester United Ban Odion Ighalo From Club’s Training Ground

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Odion Ighalo has reportedly been banned from using Manchester United's training facilities due to fears over Coronavirus.

The Nigerian joined the Red Devils on deadline day in the January window from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, in a six-month loan deal.

Since his arrival in England, Ighalo has been training with a personal fitness trainer, Wayne Richardson at the GB Taekwondo Centre in Manchester.

At first, it was thought that the reason Ighalo was being trained by a personal trainer at the GB Taekwondo centre was because they wanted to speed up his fitness.

United claimed the reason was that the place was closer to the Lowry hotel where the ex-Watford man is staying.

But recent reports from the UK seems to suggest that the player is actually banned from the club's training ground due to fears over Coronavirus which has killed over 1000 persons in China.

The report further suggested that he can only join up with the rest of the squad on Saturday when his 14 days isolation which is recommended by World Health officials elapses.

Ighalo's agent, Oladele Salami, is said to have confirmed the reports, saying: "I can confirm Odion has been training at the taekwondo centre and has not been to Carrington. The team are back on Saturday and he will join up with them then."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team are currently in Spain where they are continuing preparations for Monday's game against Chelsea.

Ighalo was left out of the training camp, with Solskjaer stating that his absence was due to fears that he might not be allowed back into England by the authorities after coming into the country from China in the last 14 days.

"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," Solskjaer said before the team left for Spain.

"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)," the Norwegian added.

It is understood that when Ighalo joined United in January, it was agreed that the 30-year-old would train separately.

Meanwhile, the former Nigerian international is expected to be listed in Solskjaer's 18-man squad when they head to Stamford Bridge on Monday.

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