LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was evasive when asked why attacking midfielder Eden Hazard had been omitted from his squad for the 3-0 win over Schalke in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old Belgium international has found form in recent weeks, but he watched from the stands at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as Chelsea closed to within a point of the last 16.
Mourinho revealed prior to kick-off that Hazard had "missed a crucial training session", but he replied enigmatically when pressed to explain what had happened in his post-match press conference.
Hazard was in France to watch former club Lille play Monaco on Sunday evening and there are suggestions that he returned late the following day, but Mourinho said he still expected him to feature in Saturday's Premier League game at home to West Bromwich Albion.
"I don't want to lie. He's not injured," Mourinho told reporters.
Asked why Hazard had missed training, Mourinho suggested: "He forgot the time?"
He then added: "Let's end the story. He's a kid, kids make mistakes. And fathers have to be clever in the way they educate their sons.
"He didn't play. He wanted to play, he's sad because he didn't play. We won without him and Saturday he's back, so no story, or end of story."