- n. Plural form of absentee.
“With 11 senior players – including the long‑term absentees Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher – occupying the Old Trafford treatment room the phrase "positional rotation" has assumed a whole new meaning as United's fit squad members are asked to pretend they are Ajax-type "total footballers".”
“With Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby all long-term absentees, the pair's absence would further hamper Arsène Wenger's preparations for what would appear an awkward fixture.”
“Wenger points to having to choose Alex Song alongside Mertesacker on occasion due to injuries, with Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna now long-term absentees from what would be the first-choice defence.”
“While I don't have numbers for 2008, you can look at how badly Obama won Franklin County for why a statistical tie in absentees is significant.”
“OR: HB 2511 status page LINK (providing for long term absentees to fax completed ballots)”
“Cycling: Elite road racers will be the only absentees from the U.S. Championships in several disciplines in Park City, Utah.”
“Some staff arrived late for work and left early, some arrived at work drunk and others were "long-term absentees".”
“Of course, there's no guarantee that any of those players will have the same success when they return, but Galarraga, Lopez and Ligtenberg - the main absentees from this season - are all expected to be ready by next spring.”
“Skipper Chris Brunt, fellow midfielder Zoltan Gera and defender Steven Reid remain long term absentees.”
“Ferguson also confirmed long-term absentees Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley had started doing some "serious running".”
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