Ighalo banned from United training

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Manchester United striker Odion Igahlo has reportedly been banned from entering the club's training ground over fears of a potential coronavirus risk.

Ighalo, 30, joined United on transfer deadline day from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on a six-month loan deal but has not trained with his new teammates yet.

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According to ESPN, the former Nigeria international has been working with a personal trainer at the National Taekwondo Centre next to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

It's believed the striker was informed to remain away from the club's Carrington Training Complex over fears against the outbreak of the virus that's taken more than 1000 lives in China.

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The news comes after Ighalo was not able to travel with the squad to a mid-season training camp in Marbella, Spain due to border restrictions on travellers who have been in China within the past 14 days.

"Odion will stay in Manchester because since he has come from China in the last 14 days," manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club's website explaining Ighalo's absence from the training camp last week.

"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]."

However, Solskjaer has since confirmed that Ighalo will be part of the squad to face Chelsea on Monday evening.