Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he is considering giving Cesc Fabregas a rest.
Fabregas has been an ever-present in the Premiership and UEFA Champions League this season and the Spaniard has played in the last two Carling Cup games.
The 19-year-old insists he does not want a rest, as he is keen to continue playing.
However, Wenger is keen to protect his star midfielder and is ready to take him out of the firing line against Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.
"I do not know whether Cesc will play or not yet," said Wenger.
"He will be on the bench or in the team.
"But I am tempted to count one game out for him, either on Sunday or Wednesday."
Meanwhile, Wenger has admitted Julio Baptista is doing his chances of winning a permanent move to The Emirates Stadium no harm at all.
The Brazilian has struggled to hold down a regular place in Wenger's side in the Premiership, but he has impressed in Arsenal's Carling Cup run.
Baptista followed up his four-goal haul against Liverpool in the quarter-finals with both goals in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in midweek and Wenger believes he is now adapting to life in England.
"What he is achieving will help to make my mind up," said Baptista.
"He scored four at Liverpool, two at Tottenham - you could do worse.
"It took him time to adapt, but it is amazing - suddenly 'boom' one goal is in.
"That is him. He has a little bit of the qualities which [Robert] Pires had, to turn up in the box - and always you need these kinds of players."