nonstarter


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nonstarter

a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
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According to these authors, the differences between starters and nonstarters are probably influenced by game outcome and team quality, which seem to affect players' game-related statistical profile, and consequently configure different game styles.
Gerrard's injury made him a nonstarter and when Torres (above) hobbled off in the first half I thought Liverpool looked like a mid-table team.