Odion Ighalo posts fitness update ahead of potential Manchester United debut at Chelsea

Odion Ighalo joined Manchester United on transfer deadline day with the club desperately searching for a late addition in attack.

Moves for the likes of Moussa Dembele, Edinson Cavani and Islam Slimani were mooted, but never came to pass.

Instead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in the former Watford striker from Shanghai Shenhua.

Ighalo has been forced to stay in Manchester this week while the rest of the squad flew out to Spain to take part in a warm-weather training camp during the winter break.

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That was due to fears that the Nigeria international could face difficulties in being allowed back into the UK following fears over the Coronavirus breakout.

Instead, Ighalo has been training with performance coach Wayne Richardson, and is aiming to be able to take part in United’s trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

And Ighalo posted an update on Twitter underlining the hard work that is going into his return to the Premier League.

Solskjaer has confirmed that Ighalo will be a part of the travelling squad, with the striker hoping to make an instant impact for the club he has supported since childhood.

“He is going to travel with us,” Solskjaer told the club’s official website.

“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.”

Ighalo scored 17 goals and provided six assists in 55 Premier League appearances for Watford before completing a move to China in January 2017.

Manchester United are in eighth place in the table and looking to close the six-point gap to Chelsea in fourth.