Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo will hope to make the starting line-up for his club side as they face Newcastle at the St. James’ Park on Sunday.
With Anthony Martial and new signing, Edinson Cavani set to miss the clash, the power forward will be looking to add more playing time to boost United’s chances of picking up just their second victory of the season.
Ighalo, who retired from the Super Eagles last year, was not part of the Nigerian squad that lost to Algeria and drew with Tunisia in Austria a few days ago, Soccernet.ng reports.
And the on-loan Shanghai Shenhua forward insists he has spent the international getting ready to seize his chance when it comes.
“I’m always ready. Whenever the gaffer calls me, my idea is just to give my best in training, work hard and wait for my opportunity – to take it,” Ighalo told the club’s website.
“Hopefully, I’ll just keep my head down, keep working hard every day. Come to the training ground every day and give it my best.
“Whenever the gaffer needs me, I will come and give my best.”
United suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat at home to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham before the break, and the Red Devils would be keen on getting back to winning ways against Steve Bruce’s stubborn outfit.
Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Ighalo are the only available senior strikers for United with Martial suspended, and Cavani still not eligible to play.
Ighalo, though, is yet to score in the Premier League for United since joining on loan during the January transfer window.