Eden Hazard was left out of the Chelsea squad for the game against Schalke 04 yesterday evening, after reportedly missing a crucial training session.
The attacking midfielder, who had an excellent first-season with the club, has found himself criticised by some this season for slightly off colour performances - even if those critics are also aware of his innate world class ability.
But it seems, a little like me in fact, he isn’t great at keeping track of time.
"I don't want to lie. He's not injured. He forgot the time. He's a kid, kids make mistakes and fathers have to be clever in the way they educate their sons."
He is however not set to be punished anymore by the manager, who insists that it is now the end of the story.
So why did Hazard miss a training session - well he was being paraded around a Northern France football pitch late Sunday evening.
Lille took on AS Monaco at home on Sunday, and Eden Hazard was a surprise guest before kick-off. He paraded around the pitch to be applauded by still adoring fans at his former club - who wanted to congratulate him on his Ballon d’Or nomination.
It clearly inspired Lille, who leapfrogged mega-rich Monaco into second in Ligue 1 with a 2-0 victory.
After the game he spoke to the official website about his return and of Lille’s chances for the rest of the season.
"For me, Lille have all the qualities required to challenge with the very best teams in the league. I would still class PSG in a level above. Like most fans I was not expecting such a good start to the season. To have reached the top end of the table with a new manager in charge, a new cycle in progress, is impressive.”
PSG of course once offered £45 million for Hazard when he was a Lille player, and he even said in 2012:
"Of course, the interest from Paris is tempting. Paris Saint-Germain are a great club,"
But in perspective everything seems to be OK at Chelsea for the Belgian, and no move looks likely. Plus his love for Lille will always make it tough for him to join a rival French club.
No this was simply one great player recognising a great team - Hazard should remain a Chelsea player for many years to come.