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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Hazard back for Blues after training punishment

Eden Hazard will make his Chelsea return this weekend after Jose Mourinho omitted him from his squad for last night's 3-0 defeat of Schalke for disciplinary reasons.

After two goals from Samuel Eto'o and a third from Demba Ba saw Chelsea enhance their position at the top of Champions League Group E, Mourinho declined to disclose the full reasons for Hazard's absence.

The Blues boss revealed the Belgium forward missed a crucial training session, but was reluctant to comment further.

Mourinho said: "I don't want to lie. He's not injured. He forgot the time. He's a kid, kids make mistakes and fathers, they have to be clever in the way they educate their sons.

"We won without him and Saturday he's back. End of story."

Mourinho made six changes from the loss at Newcastle, one enforced, with Eto'o replacing the injured Fernando Torres. The Spaniard, who scored twice in Gelsenkirchen, faces an absence of around three weeks with an adductor injury.

Cameroon striker Eto'o ran at Timo Hildebrand as the Schalke stopper prepared to fire down field. Instead Hildebrand kicked it against the striker and saw the ball go into his own net.

CLINICAL

There was nothing lucky about the second as Eto'o converted clinically.

Mourinho said: "My favourite players are the players that win matches for me, not the ones that lose matches for me. Samuel worked with me in the best season of my career (at Inter). We won everything. So he's in a good position."

Eto'o has started life slowly at Chelsea – they were his second and third goals after his first against Cardiff – following his move from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Mourinho added: "He was for two years playing without big motivations and when you play without big motivations, you train without big motivations and you lose condition.

"Now step by step he is going. He is 32 but he's a fit, slim guy. He's intelligent, of course, and I think goals give confidence."

Chelsea are now three points clear in Group E ahead of games at Basle and at home to Steaua Bucharest.

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