Man City fans may have to be patient if they are hoping to see many of the star names in their squad in action this season.
Twenty-plus players into 11 simply won't go, and manager Manuel Pellegrini will have certain names that he wants to pencil in when he scribbles on his team sheet each week.
But all is not lost, as squad rotation is all part of the game these days, and Pellegrini himself told the press as much after the 2-0 win over Hull last week.
"We will rotate the squad a lot over the coming months," the official City website reported the Chilean as saying.
No surprises there, given the demands of the Champions League and the high stakes in the Premier League, but it looks inevitable that some high-profile players may spend much of the season on the outside looking in.