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Odion Ighalo checks for the first time in the training field of Manchester United

Odion Ighalo checks for the first time in the training field of Manchester United after being away for two weeks due to fear of corona virus

  • Odion Ighalo was pictured driving into Carrington on Sunday morning
  • Nigerian striker was kept away from training base due to coronavirus fears
  • He has now removed a forced 14-day spell from new teammates
  • The 30-year-old is expected to join the team for a trip to Chelsea

Manchester United received a boost on Monday evening for their collision with Chelsea, when Odion Ighalo announced a loan for the first time.

The Nigerian striker has removed a forced 14-day spell from his new side because of the fear of corona virus that has entered from the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua.

And on Sunday, he was pictured in the Carrington training base of United driven prior to the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Odion Ighalo arrives at the Carrington training ground of Manchester United for his first session

Odion Ighalo arrives at the Carrington training ground of Manchester United for his first session

Ighalo trained away from the base of Manchester United because of fear of coronavirus

Ighalo trained away from the base of Manchester United because of fear of coronavirus

The striker is eager to go to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Monday evening

The striker is eager to go to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Monday evening

Ighalo trained away from the base of Manchester United because of fear of coronavirus

Ighalo will be able to make his Manchester United debut against Chelsea on Monday

Ighalo will be able to make his Manchester United debut against Chelsea on Monday

Ighalo will be able to make his Manchester United debut against Chelsea on Monday

United took the precautionary measure, despite the fact that Ighalo did not arrive from Wuhan in the UK, where the virus originated.

It forced the 30-year-old last week to miss the winter break training camp of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Marbella, for fear that he was not allowed to return to the country because of the tightening of national security after the outbreak of the corona virus.

Ighalo had trained with Manchester-based performance coach Wayne Richardson at the GB Taekwondo Center in the city.

He plans to travel with the team for the Monday-evening collision with Frank Lampard, where he is expected to be one of the substitutes, depending on the condition.

United’s boss was optimistic on Friday that the new man could immediately make an impression

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced that the 30-year-old can have an immediate impact on the team

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced that the 30-year-old can have an immediate impact on the team

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced that the 30-year-old can have an immediate impact on the team

“Well, it didn’t take me long,” Solskjaer said. “I didn’t need training to continue.

‘As a striker you are thrown out there and it may be that he has to come from the bank to give us a goal.

“He will be involved with us and will travel with us. Now he’s two weeks out [incubation] precaution period that we have made, let’s see if he is involved or not.

“We have kept in touch with him. We did our own program, he did his, and it would always be a case of him that he had to integrate with us after he had been to China.

Ighalo was top scorer of his country during last year's African Cup of Nations in Egypt

Ighalo was top scorer of his country during last year's African Cup of Nations in Egypt

Ighalo was top scorer of his country during last year’s African Cup of Nations in Egypt

‘He has to get used to the players, the team and get up to speed as quickly as possible, he has worked very hard.

“I think he sometimes squeezes himself and is in his favorite club when he is thirty, but he has earned it and hopefully he impresses us so that we can see him play.

“He was the top scorer of the African Cup of Nations last year, so he can help the club, he is very professional, a good kid and will give something to the group.”


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