Middlesbrough of England midfielder, John Mikel Obi will be thanking his stars that he avoided a likely air mishap with the team, as officials of the English Championship club cancelled a risky flight for the side.
Mikel was among the array of Boro players that were caught shell shocked as The Riverside outfit’s plane was grounded due to a faulty engine.
It was gathered further that, rather than put Mikel and the other players at risk, the club called off their their flight home from Newport County on Tuesday night, and the plane was grounded due to engine failure.
Mikel and other members of the squad were forced to about-turn on the Cardiff Airport runway following their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to League Two Newport County.
They then re-boarded the team bus and returned to Middlesbrough by road, meaning the team did not return until 7am with the players having to sleep on the way home.
Before Mikel and his teammates even got to Newport their flight down to South Wales was delayed by two hours because of the weather.
It was a nightmare evening all round for Tony Pulis’ men as they crashed out the FA Cup to the League Two side on a heavy pitch that just passed a pre-match inspection.
After sitting out the FA Cup defeat at Newport, Mikel is expected back in Boro’s starting line-up against high-flying Leeds United on Saturday, in a potentially explosive game that could have a big bearing on promotion.