Dieumerci Mbokani is ready to spearhead Norwich City’s Premier League survival push after Brussels terror attacks near-miss
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Alex Neil is confident he can count on Dieumerci Mbokani for Norwich City's Premier League survival battle after the on-loan striker's frightening involvement in the Brussels terror attacks.
Mbokani revealed he owed his life to his wife's decision to delay their arrival at Brussels airport, which was the scene for one of the two horrific incidents that killed 31 people and injured hundreds more over the international break.
Neil insists he is prepared to call on Mbokani for the run-in, with the Dynamo Kiev frontman an impressive figure in City's recent 1-0 Premier League win at West Brom before flying out on international duty.
'I have been with him Wednesday, Thursday and Friday since he came back and Dieu is fine,' said Neil. 'It is one of those surreal situations. I think anyone who is in or around a bomb blast doesn't know how they will react to that. It is an unusual circumstance to be in and as a club we have tried to give him as much as support as we possibly can by making sure physically and mentally he is in the right place. He had a really good game for us at West Brom and he has been good for us at various stages of this season.
'He is ok. I have spoken to him at length and he seems focused and ready to go for the games ahead.'
Mbokani was at Brussels' Zaventem airport ready to join up with the DR Congo squad, along with his wife and her nephew, Nathan Kabasele, who plays for Dutch Eredivisie side De Graafschap.
'At the moment of the explosion, I was on the pavement outside,' Mbokani told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure.
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'If we had been a minute earlier, we would have been dead. It is my wife who saved our lives. I wanted to get there earlier but she said, 'Let's wait for Nathan' who was on the same flight. She told me he would arrive in a minute or two'. It is a miracle. I stayed calm at the time to assure my wife who was really hysterical. On getting back home, I went to get my boy from school and hugged him.'