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EXTRA TIME: Nigeria star Ighalo steps up recovery from injury

19:05 GMT+3 16/08/2019
Odion Ighalo
The 30-year-old has started rehabilitation from the setback he suffered while on duty at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

Shanghai Shenhua forward Odion Ighalo has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury with light training on the field.

Ighalo damaged his knee during the third-place fixture between Nigeria and Tunisia at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, after scoring the only goal that gave the Super Eagles victory.

He ended the tournament as the top scorer with five goals but he has been missing from club action in the Chinese Super League.

A week ago, Shanghai Shenhua announced the former Watford attacker would be punished for his constant use of social media during his recovery process.

Ighalo has moved to show he is fighting his way back to top fitness after the Shanghai outfit pointed out his social media activities worried the club faithful.

So far in this campaign, Ighalo has scored seven goals in nine Chinese Super League matches and Shanghai Shenhua are placed 12th in the top-flight standings with 23 points after 22 matches.