Manchester United's new boy, Odion Ighalo, who was left out of the club's Spanish training camp and asked to build his fitness at Manchester amid concerns over border restrictions, has reportedly been disallowed from training at the club's training ground over fears of the virus.
Ighalo, on loan at United from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season, has been working with a personal trainer at a separate location in Manchester after he was instructed to train away from United’s AON Training Complex for health and safety issues with the Coronavirus having claimed more than 1,100 lives already.
Ighalo did not travel with the United squad to a warm-weather training camp in Spain over concerns border restrictions could be tightened on travellers who have been in China within the past 14 days, potentially affecting his re-entry to the UK.
But it has emerged United also took the precautionary decision to make Ighalo train away from the club's Carrington base, while he is still within the mandated 14-day incubation period the Nigerian training at Taekwondo centre.
While the prospect of Ighalo, 30, having been exposed to coronavirus is understood to be statistically minute, United felt they had to take precautionary measures, while the risk of infection was possible.
Explaining Ighalo's absence from the warm-weather training camp, Solskjaer said: "Odion will stay in Manchester, because since he has come from China in the last 14 days, the news of the virus there means we're not sure if he's going to be allowed back into England if he leaves the country again.
"So he's staying here working with a personal coach on an individual programme and his family then can settle in England as well. That's a plus.
"Of course, he might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them, but we don’t want to take that risk [of potential border restrictions tightening]."
Ighalo will work with Richardson until tomorrow, before joining up with his United team-mates ahead of Monday's Premier League trip to Chelsea.