Chelsea have been handed a significant boost ahead of Saturday's crucial Premier League clash against Liverpool.
According to the Guardian, Jose Mourinho has been cleared to take to the Stamford Bridge dugout after the Football Association confirmed they would not hold his disciplinary hearing before the weekend.
The Special One is facing his second misconduct charge of the season after his reported half-time confrontation with referee Jon Moss during Chelsea's 2-1 reverse against West Ham.
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Mourinho reportedly told Moss: "[Arsene] Wenger was right — you are ****ing soft."
It was enough to convince Moss to send Mourinho to the stands for the second half, where he watched his Blues side succumb to their fifth defeat of the current Premier League campaign.
Having already been served a suspended one-match stadium ban for his comments after a 3-1 defeat to Southampton, Mourinho will automatically serve it if he is found guilty of misconduct.
He had accused referees of being "afraid" to give decisions to the reigning champions after Radamel Falcao was denied a second-half penalty. He also received a £50,000 fine.
Had the FA held their enquiry before this weekend's clash against Jurgen Klopp's men and found him guilty, there was every chance Mourinho would not be present for his last game in charge of Chelsea.
A number of reports have claimed that Roman Abramovich will sack the Portuguese for the second time in his Stamford Bridge reign if Liverpool leave west London with all three points.
Now Mourinho will be able to influence the game from the touchline, he has a better chance of earning a stay of execution. However, with Liverpool looking better with every passing game under their German boss, the Blues will need to improve significantly from their performance at Upton Park last weekend.