If you have a high caliber player why would you cut him for just missing a couple of meetings. There is obviously something else going on here, as you yourself noted he hasn't played since August. As for my moral standards.. I am no different from anyone else but when it comes to competition I want to win on my terms because I did the work, my abilities to adjust and learn and did not depend on someone else to help. If that makes my moral standrds higher then things have obviously changed since I played sports.
If we win and even without this clown I think are chances are high it will be tainted. Can you hear the sports reports after the game. Then if we do get to the cup and get clobbered it will not be good for our team's respectability. I bet some of the players are thinking the same way. No matter what you may think this was not a good management decision, almost a desperate move by them to try and ensure a win. What does that say to our players? I know how I would feel by my so called high moral standards... I'd be pissed!