New arrival Odion Ighalo in the speech for the journey from Manchester United to Club Bruges despite missing training camp about coronavirus alert
- Striker Odion Ighalo can travel to Bruges with Manchester United
- Ighalo missed the Marbella training camp in the United States because of the coronavirus alarm
- He will work on an individual program with a personal performance coach
- The 30-year-old is probably making his United debut against Chelsea on 17 February
Odion Ighalo will be able to travel with Manchester United next week for their Europa League tie in Bruges, despite the club’s training camp in Marbella due to the corona virus alarm.
Ighalo, a signing deadline for the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, stayed behind in Manchester when the United team flew to Spain on Saturday for fear that he would not be allowed back to the UK if border controls were tightened this week.
The striker in Nigeria is one of the 14-day travelers to the UK from China, although he did not have to go into quarantine because he came from Shanghai and not to Wuhan, where the corona virus originated.
New Manchester United signs Odion Ighalo and can travel to Belgium with the club
That two-week period ends on February 16 and United has confirmed that Ighalo will be free to travel to Belgium to face Bruges for a week on Thursday after he has been added to their Europa League team.
The 30-year-old, who has been let to Old Trafford until the end of the season, is expected to make his debut against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge three days earlier.
The absence of Ighalo in this week’s warm weather training camp in Marbella is still a disappointment for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who hoped the former Watford striker could get to know his new teammates and integrate them into the team.
Ighalo had to miss United’s training camp in Marbella because of the corona virus alarm
The player will instead work on an individual program with personal performance coach Wayne Richardson, who trains alongside the Taekwondo team in Great Britain in Manchester.
Solskjaer explained the decision to leave Ighalo and said: “Odion will stay in Manchester because he came from China for the past 14 days.
“The virus there means that we are not sure if he can be admitted back to England if he leaves the country again. So he stays and works with a personal coach on an individual program. His family can also settle in England, so that is a plus.
“Of course he might have liked to come with the players and get to know them, but we don’t want to take the risk.”
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford also stayed in Manchester as they recover from an injury, along with goalkeeper Lee Grant of the third choice who could be free for up to three months after surgery.
Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe, both of whom have been out of action since December, trained separately from the rest of the team at the Marbella Football Center on Sunday, but were able to join the group later this week.