Gary Cahill admits he has found the rotation policy at Chelsea frustrating this season and is trying to come to terms with the situation.
The defender joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers in January and ended last season by starting the UEFA Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.
However, Cahill has been in and out of the team this term and has started only half of the Blues' eight Premier League games to date.
He is expected to partner David Luiz against Manchester United on Sunday in the absence of the suspended John Terry, but was only on the bench for the midweek Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk.
"It has been frustrating for me at times this season, I'm not going to lie - like on Tuesday night in the Champions League, the rotating," Cahill told the Sunday Mirror.
"I think you can accept it if you are playing the same amount of games as everybody else. That's the only way you can come to terms with it."
Cahill is satisfied with his partnership with Luiz, but is equally content to play alongside the Brazilian or captain Terry.
He added: "It seems to have gone well. But it's gone well whatever pairings have been put out.
"I've done well with JT or David. I enjoy playing with both."