Coronavirus: Manchester United recruit player in China … and sidelines him from the group

LE SCAN SPORT – On loan to Manchester United from the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua this winter, Odion Ighalo would be sidelined to prevent contamination by the coronavirus, according to The Times.

Odion Ighalo, a Manchester United recruit in the winter transfer window, still hasn't trained with the Red Devils. The Nigerian striker, who has been on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, is currently sidelined from his new team. According to the British media The Times, this situation is due to fears related to the coronavirus. The incubation period for the epidemic is currently estimated at 14 days, the club did not want to take risks and decided that its new recruit should remain in "quarantine" as a precaution.

Since his arrival in England in early February, Odion Ighalo has been training at the National Taekwondo Center in Manchester and should join the group this weekend, according to The Times. The Red Devils coach has confirmed that the Nigerian striker will be in the group to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.

The Covid-19 coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,300 people worldwide, has been upsetting the sports calendar for several weeks. On Wednesday, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced that the Formula 1 Grand Prix of China will be postponed until April 19 in Shanghai. At the end of January, several events were also canceled, postponed or moved, such as the World Indoor Athletics Championships, postponed to 2021, or the Olympic boxing qualification tournament which will finally take place in Jordan in March.