Jose Mourinho refused to accept Eden Hazard’s apology for missing training on Monday, but he insists the matter is now in the past, and the Belgium international has been selected for the squad to face West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
"Of course the apology was not accepted but it's over and it's something that doesn't exist anymore,” Mourinho said. "He is selected and he is ready to play. He has an appetite to play; it was a risk not to select him (for the Schalke game) speaking in terms of football. It was an important match but sometimes as a manager you have to make some risky decisions."
Hazard traveled to Lille on Sunday night to watch his former club play against AS Monaco Ligue 1. According to Mourinho, the 22-year-old lost his passport, which caused him to miss his return train to London on Monday morning. "He went to a foreign country when he shouldn't have and he lost his passport," the Portuguese said. "He knows he made a mistake and it's not a big story. The consequences were that he didn't play and that's the worst thing that can happen to a player. For me, the group is more important than any player and every player knows what my decision would be in that situation."