Coronavirus Alert: Ighalo cleared for United’s Europa trip

Striker Odion Ighalo will be able to travel with Manchester United for their Europa League tie in Bruges next week despite having to miss the club’s training camp in Marbella over the coronavirus alert.

Ighalo, a deadline day signing from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, was left in Manchester when the United squad flew to Spain last Saturday amid fears he might not be allowed back in the UK if border controls were tightened this week.

The Nigerian striker is among the travellers from China to the UK being monitored for 14 days, although he did not have to be quarantined because he arrived from Shanghai, not Wuhan, where the virus originated.

The two-week period runs out on February 16 and United have confirmed that Ighalo will be free to travel to Belgium to face Club Bruges next Thursday after being added to their Europa League squad.

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