Amidst the anxious period of the international break, this spot on the calendar gives a chance for some clubs to refresh themselves, allowing absentees to gradually progress through injury and back into the first team without missing action.
A blessing in disguise, you might call it. Manchester City, who have had a number of key lay-offs recently, are certainly benefiting from this period - for once anyway.
Previously, 'thanks' to the usually dreaded international fixtures, key players such as Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany have picked up knocks, requiring Manuel Pellegrini's renowned rotation to keep the Sky Blues on the right path to Premier League glory.
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It's such rotation that presents a problem and now that the Citizens' key men are edging back to full fitness, who is going to make their way out of the starting XI?
Some huge dilemmas indeed for Pellegrini, especially given the key performances of some of his players.
Fernando, for example, has been excellent in suring up the centre of midfield, providing brilliant cover whilst the likes of Fernandinho and Yaya Toure wreak havoc going forward.
But with Aguero and David Silva creeping back into the fold, how will the Citizens set up?
The formation of 4-2-3-1 is usually preferred, where City's recent success has been courtesy of Fernandinho and Fernando's defensive-midfield pairing, whilst Toure is pushed forward, usually alongside Kevin De Bruyne or Jesus Navas on the right and Raheem Sterling on the left.
This system has paid dividends in the big boys' absence, but who will be sacrificed for Aguero and Silva?
Aguero's inclusion is undeniable, first and foremost. Wilfried Bony's presence up front in the Argentine's place hasn't been nearly as effective despite offering a decent goal return.
The sheer tenacity of Aguero and his devastating finishing will put him ahead of the former Swansea hitman without any complaints.
Now on to Silva - a slightly more complicated matter; a matter of most certainly dropping a key player in order to reinstate City's creative wizard.
Will it be pushing Toure back beside Fernandinho at the expense of Fernando to make room? Or perhaps dropping De Bruyne or Navas on the right?
Perhaps Sterling will have to face the chop? Who knows, but it's a predicament Pellegrini faces very soon, though it's hardly the worst thing to be deciding between with such vast talent.
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