Ighalo joined United on January 31 by the Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua and although the risk posed is minimal – the city is hundreds of kilometers away from Hubei province, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic – the club decided to take precautions measures.
United has also decided not to take Ighalo to its winter holiday training camp in Spain due to concerns that it may have difficulty returning to the UK.
Current medical guidelines advise people returning to the UK from some countries, including China, to be quarantined for 14 days.
According to United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ighalo will travel with the team to London for Monday’s game against Chelsea.
“Yes, he will travel with us,” Solskjaer told the United website on Tuesday. “We will only see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him into shape. We want to integrate him as quickly as possible because, obviously, he is desperate to play for us.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria national team has received an individual training plan from the club to ensure that it maintains its match fitness.
The Chinese province of Hubei at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak reported Thursday’s largest one-day increase since the outbreak.
It announced an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 virus cases as of Thursday morning, bringing the total death toll to over 1,350 and the number of infections to nearly 60,000 people worldwide, mainly in China.
Numerous sporting events have been affected by the outbreak, including the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix and the Rugby Sevens of Hong Kong and Singapore.