I am looking for a single word that describes an instance where a soccer player is either late for a match, injured, or deemed unable to play for some span of time.

In all instances, the player may eventually be able to join the match.

The meaning of the word should convey that the player is not necessarily out of the match for good.

I considered 'inactive' and 'unavailable', but they sound more permanent.

'Sidelined' may be okay, but I'm not sure it conveys a meaning of being late for a match.

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    to be out of action temporarily. There is no single word. What's with the single word thing, anyway? – Lambie Jul 1 '18 at 23:24
  • It's for a software application on a phone with limited screen space – dave Jul 1 '18 at 23:51
  • 'Out of action'. That may work. – dave Jul 1 '18 at 23:52
  • Yes, and you could shorten it to: OOA :) – Lambie Jul 1 '18 at 23:56
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    'Unavailable' is the usual term. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 2 '18 at 1:34

"Benched" may be what you're looking for. From Merriam-Webster:

2 a : to seat on a bench

  b (1) : to remove from or keep out of a game;

    (2) : to remove from the starting lineup

E.g., The player was benched for missing team meetings.

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  • If the player is late, I don't think it could be said that they are benched. – dave Jul 2 '18 at 13:12
  • If you mean that the game has started and the coach wants to put in Jake but Jake hasn't shown up yet, then no, "benched" would not apply. But once Jake shows up, the coach may bench him as punishment for being late; I thought that's what you were looking for. – ScottM Jul 2 '18 at 13:18
  • Late, injured or unable to play is not benched necessarily. – Lambie Jul 2 '18 at 13:22
  • @Lambie, I agree. I think the best terms were already mentioned in the question. I merely brought up another possibility since those had apparently been rejected. – ScottM Jul 2 '18 at 13:25
  • Do you have any references to benched players being fielded later in the same game as the 2b(2) entry seems to allow? This is otherwise a good answer. – Lawrence Aug 3 '18 at 4:48

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