- Odion Ighalo has been left out of the Man United squad travelling to Spain for winter break
- The club fears their striker may not be allowed back to the country amid heightening border restrictions
- Ighalo joined Man United from China on deadline despite the fear of Coronavirus outbreak
Manchester United’s on-loan striker Odion Ighalo will miss the team’s training camp in Spain amid heightening border restrictions.
Ighalo, who joined the Red Devils in a last-minute loan deal in January, will remain in the UK amid fears he will be denied entry in the country over the Coronavirus alert.
The 30-year-old flew Manchester from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after agreeing to a six-month deal with the Old Trafford outfits.
Speaking on the saddening development, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it was an unfortunate but necessary move since Ighalo has not yet blended with the rest of the squad.
"He might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them," Solskjaer told MUTV.
Midfielder Scott McTominay and defender Axel Tuanzebe who have had lengthy injury layoffs will travel with the rest of the squad to Spain.
But because he came from China, there are fears border restrictions will be much tighter for people travelling back to the UK, hence Manchester United decided not to risk the Nigerian leaving the country again.
United face Chelsea on Monday, February 17 and with the absence of Marcus Rashford through injury, Ighalo becomes one off the last resorts in terms of striking options.
Meanwhile, the Coronavirus has already claimed 722 lives and people who have been in mainland China in the past fortnight are deemed as a genuine threat.
Solskjaer further divulged that Ighalo would continue working in England with a personal trainer.
"Because of the situation in China, we're not sure if he'd be allowed back into England if he leaves the country again, so he's staying here working with a personal coach, individual programme and his family then can settle in England as well,” he further said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Odion Ighalo has sought the help of Great Britain's Olympic squad to help him get back to fitness ahead of his much-anticipated debut for the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
The 30-year-old AFCON Golden boot winner completed a dream sensational EPL return after agreeing to terms with the Old Trafford outfits, albeit without no option of purchase at the end of the season.
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