Kevin De Bruyne sent message to Raheem Sterling over his lack of minutes for Manchester City this year.
The England international was once one of the first names on every Pep Guardiola teamsheet but has tumbled down the pecking order since the Manchester derby back in March, starting just 10 of the last 26 matches since then.
And De Bruyne acknowledged that it is difficult for stars such as himself to be in a proper rhythm if they are not playing a string of games.
“Obviously rotation is important because playing four competitions and mostly going far in that is a tough ask sometimes,” he said.
“I understand the frustration because I’m a player and you have some players who need more rhythm to get into it and maybe Raz is somebody who needs that more. I’m a player who needs that also.
“Sometimes it is tough to play one game, one game not. Obviously it is the manager that has to make choices and it is very hard.
“We have a group of players, 22, 23 internationals who are unbelievable so whoever you pick you will be right a lot of the time. Whenever the team plays good, there’s not a lot of things you can say as a player.
“It can be frustrating but we also try to help each other. That’s the only thing we can do as players is help each other.”