Eden Hazard's apology to Jose Mourinho for returning late from a foreign country has been rejected.
The Belgian international, 22, was a guest at former side Lille's Ligue 1 match up against AS Monaco. But the winger insists that he lost his passport and that was the reason for missing Monday's match preparation training for Wednesday's game against Schalke in the Champions League.
Mourinho said in his press conference: "Of course the apology was not accepted, it was an important match but sometimes as a manager you have to make some risky decisions."
But he then insisted the matter was over: "It's over and it's something that doesn't exist anymore."
Hazard was not match fit for Chelsea's magnificent 3-0 win over Schalke in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. Samuel Eto'o gave The Blues a first half lead when he sneakily blocked Timo Hildebrand''s clearance, a goalkeeper calamity which presented Eto'o with his first European goal for Chelsea.
Eto'o was on hand to double Chelsea's advantage in the second half when he was picked out by Willian, and his perfectly placed shot found its way into the bottom corner of the net.
Senegal striker Demba Ba marked only his second European appearance for Chelsea with a goal, after shin-rolling Frank Lampard's chip in the bottom corner of the net.
Jose Mourinho insisted that Eden Hazard would be back in the squad for the home game against West Brom on Saturday: "He is selected and he is ready to play. He has an appetite to play."
Hazard played against the Baggies, and scored a last-minute penalty to rescue a point for Mourinho's side.
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