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New signing Odion Ighalo will be part of the Stamford bridge squad despite missing trip over coronavirus fears

Manchester United's deadline-day signing Odion Ighalo will go straight into the squad at Chelsea, despite missing the club's warm-weather training camp due to travel restriction concerns.

The 30-year-old completed a shock loan switch from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua at the end of January, but did not head to Spain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The United boss said over the weekend that the club had left Ighalo in the UK as they were unsure whether he would be allowed back to return to the country, having arrived from China in the previous fortnight.

But despite missing the trip to Marbella, Solskjaer has confirmed that the striker will go straight into the squad taking on Chelsea after the winter break.

"Yeah, he is going to travel with us," he said. "We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp.

"We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us."

United, meanwhile, have made a formal proposal to install rail seating for up to 1,500 supporters at Old Trafford.

The club are in favour of rail seating in parts of the ground and recently conducted a feasibility study.

Updated: February 11, 2020 01:59 PM

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