Manchester United will be without new signing Odion Ighalo for a training stint in Spain because of concerns he may be refused entry into the UK due to new border controls as regards the Coronavirus.
Ighalo arrived England last week on loan till the end of the season from Chinese club Shanghai Shensua.
Coronavirus, which started in China, has claimed over 700 lives so far and the UK could now restrict those who have been in mainland China for the past two weeks.
“Odion will stay in Manchester, because he arrived from China in the last 14 days,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV.
“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.
“Of course he might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them, but the risk [of potential border restrictions tightening], we don’t want to take that.”
Ighalo will now remain in Manchester to continue with his personal fitness and training while the rest of the United squad are in Spain.