Hazard apology rejected by Mourinho

The Chelsea boss axed the winger after he missed training earlier in the week, but admits the former Lille man is still in contention for Saturday's game against West Brom

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has rejected Eden Hazard's apology for missing training on Monday.

The Belgium international returned late from a trip to former club Lille, where he was guest of honour on Sunday night, and was left out of the squad to face Schalke in the Champions League as a result.

But Mourinho has vowed to draw a line under the incident and claims Hazard has every chance of being involved against West Brom on Saturday.

"He reacted well," Mourinho said. "He apologised to me and he apologised to the club. Of course the apology was not accepted but it's over and it's something that doesn't exist anymore.

"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 game against Schalke] speaking in terms of football.

"It was an important match but sometimes as a manager you have to make some risky decisions."

Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners in midweek despite Hazard's absence and Mourinho feels that in not selecting him for the match-day squad, it is important to put the team ahead of idividuals.

He continued: "He went to a foreign country when he shouldn't have and he lost his passport. 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."