Sylvain Distin has no complaints about Everton's fixture pile-up, with the club forced to accept that the road to success is an arduous one.
The Toffees saw another game added to their already busy schedule on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sunderland in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
They must now travel to Wearside for a midweek replay, with a derby date with arch-rivals Liverpool awaiting them at Wembley should they see off the Black Cats.
Keeping players fresh will be vital from here on in, with David Moyes having already taken the decision to start shuffling his pack.
Distin is among those yet to be offered a much-needed break, but he says he is ready to handle the rigours of regular league and cup competition.
"It's physically tough but that's why we have all the great physios to help us recover between games," the French defender told the Liverpool Echo.
"All together it's going to be seven games in three weeks, and all you can do is recover and make the most of the three days between games.
"You can't train much, you have to rest your legs and go for massages and ice baths. But so far, so good.
"We've only got a small squad but we've got a lot of quality, and it's up to the manager to make decisions on whether he rests people or not."
Distin admits the chance to land a major trophy this season is helping to carry him through, but acknowledges that Sunderland will be a tough nut to crack in front of their own supporters.
"We want to win for ourselves as players. There's a chance to get to a Wembley semi-final and take our fans and our families for a fantastic day," he said.
"It's going to be tough. It's not a great place to go and they're going to have a couple of key players available in (Stephane) Sessegnon and (Lee) Cattermole who have a big influence on their squad.
"Away from home makes it harder and we still need to play two games before that (against Arsenal and Swansea). We'll get there a bit tired but it's the cup and no matter what we'll give our absolute best.
"Knowing you're 90 minutes from Wembley is a huge motivation."