Odion Ighalo, Manchester United’s new signing, is training away from the club this week as a precautionary measure following his arrival from China, a report has revealed.
United have decided on the policy because of the risk – albeit extremely slight – posed by the deadly Coronavirus, BBC Sport reports.
The club decided against taking the striker on their winter break training camp in Spain because of concerns he may have difficulty getting back into the United Kingdom.
Ighalo, 30, is expected to travel with the squad for Monday’s game at Chelsea.
According to the report, the Nigerian striker has been training with support from the club using a personalised fitness programme to get him ready for the Premier League game against their London rivals.
He has been training at the National Taekwondo Centre, close to the Etihad Stadium and where he has been staying since his arrival in England 11 days ago.
Ighalo joined United on loan for the rest of the season from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.
The current medical advice is that travellers coming into the UK from specific countries, including China, quarantine themselves for 14 days.
The death toll in China from the virus is now more than 1,350, with almost 60,000 infections in total.
Numerous sporting events have been cancelled in China and the Far East, including the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.