Eden Hazard apologises to Chelsea boss

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that winger Eden Hazard has apologised after missing training earlier this week.

The Belgium international was dropped for Wednesday night's Champions League clash against Schalke after failing to turn up to training on Monday.

Hazard was granted permission to watch former club Lille on Sunday, but could not board his train back to England after losing his passport.

However, Mourinho has now forgiven the 22-year-old, who was nominated for October's Premier League Player of the Month award this week, and will select him for tomorrow's match against West Bromwich Albion.

“He has reacted well, he apologised to me and the club and now it is over, something that doesn’t exist any more," Mourinho told reporters today. "He’s selected and ready to play. I’m happy he’s back, case over, he’s a very good kid.’’

Hazard played the full 90 minutes in last weekend's 2-0 defeat away at Newcastle United – a result which prompted an angry Mourinho to ring the changes in mid-week.

The Blues' playmaker Oscar revealed to Standard Sport that Mourinho was "scary" after the full-time whistle at St James' Park – but the Portuguese coach insists it was not his intention to frighten his players.

“I don’t want to scare the players," Mourinho added, "I just want to influence their mentality and make them tougher.”

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