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Manchester United striker Ighalo issues coronavirus plea

8:53 AM EDT 3/14/20
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The Nigerian attacker has asked the football fraternity to keep safe from the Covid-19 pandemic

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has taken to Instagram to utter his first words on the coronavirus that currently has the world on standstill.

The Nigerian was subjected to confinement from United's training ground upon his arrival on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Despite not being diagnosed with the virus, the 30-year-old was told to quarantine himself from United’s AON Training Complex as a precaution and worked at another facility in Manchester with a personal trainer.

He only joined his teammates for two sessions, two days before his debut in the 2-0 win against Chelsea at Samford Bridge on February 17.

But the pandemic has since made its way to England where several Premier League clubs have been affected, including Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

In the wake of a series of Covid-19 cases, the Football Association opted to suspend football in the country until April 4 and Ighalo has taken to Instagram to ask football lovers to be safe.

"See you in three weeks, please be safe out there,” he said on Instagram.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See you guys in 3 weeks, pls be safe out there🙏🏾

A post shared by Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) on Mar 14, 2020 at 1:58am PDT

Since making his debut for the Red Devils, the former Super Eagles international has made eight appearances across all formats, scoring four goals.