Norwich City manager Alex Neil happy with Mbokani taking time

The Canaries' Congolese striker was caught up in the horrific Brussels terror attacks, whilst on his way to join up with his national team.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has given his full support to Dieumerci Mbokani, and condoned the forward spending time with family, as he attempts to recover from being caught up in the Belgian terror attacks.

The Canaries striker was at Brussels airport when the terrorists struck, and has since spoken about his desire to quit international football with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the wake of the attacks, Mbokani has chosen to spend time with his family, a decision fully supported by the Norwich boss, as reported by Sky Sports:

"Mbokani was involved in a potentially life-threatening incident, which is horrific. So we deemed it only necessary we support him in any way we can. He took a few days out with his family, just to get his head round what happened and his response in the last two games has been fantastic."

Norwich are deeply entrenched in a relegation battle, and need Mbokani, currently on loan from Dynamo Kyiv, to be at his best as they enter the run-in. Neil, though, insists the welfare of his player is more important:

"His safety is the most important thing, first of all, and second of all we want to make sure, mentally, that type of thing doesn't take its toll. It can affect people in different ways."

The Congolese attacker has played 24 Premier league games for the East-Anglia outfit this season, with half of those appearances coming from the bench. He has managed five goals, including an 18-yard drive at Old Trafford in the Canaries' 2-1 victory over Manchester United in December.

Norwich travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday, ready to take on Crystal Palace, in what could turn out to be a relegation decider.

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