Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes goalkeeper Joe Hart recognises the potential benefits of being left out of the team.
Pellegrini dropped Hart for Saturday's Barclays Premier League defeat of Norwich and his replacement Costel Pantilimon will continue against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The England goalkeeper has paid the price for a number of high-profile errors over the past year for both club and country.
This season alone he has made costly mistakes against Scotland, Aston Villa, Bayern Munich and - most recently - Chelsea.
With pressure growing, Pellegrini felt the time had come to make a change but he been impressed by the player's reaction.
Pellegrini said: ``I think Joe has reacted very well. He is a professional player.
``For him it is also a good thing to have a rest after playing so many matches.
``He is working without any problem, supporting Costel Pantilimon.
``Nobody wants to be out but he thinks it will be useful for him.''
Hart has been City's number one since being unexpectedly promoted ahead of Shay Given in 2010.
For most of that time he has been outstanding and it is only in the past 12 months that regular errors have crept into his game.
Pantilimon has had to wait patiently for an opportunity since being brought in as Hart's deputy in the summer of 2011, featuring only in domestic up ties until Saturday.
The Romanian's belated Premier League debut proved rather uneventful from his point of view as City romped to a 7-0 win and were hardly tested defensively.
On that basis, Pellegrini will not be reversing his decision as City bid to claim a place in the Champions League last 16 at the expense of the Russians.
The Chilean said: ``I don't when Joe will come back to the team. It is very important for him to have a rest.
``He has played all the matches for two and a half years.
``We will see in the future what we must do. For today, Pantilimon is playing.''
CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky has told his team to test out Pantilimon at the Etihad Stadium.
The Russian side, who lost at home to City a fortnight ago, head into the Group D encounter needing to win revive their hopes of qualification for the last 16.
Slutsky said: ``Our main task will be to test Pantilimon tomorrow, to see how good he is, the second goalkeeper.
``But I don't think it will affect our tactics. Obviously Hart is better known to us but we will face Pantilimon.''
CSKA were outplayed by City at the Arena Khimki in their last meeting but, on a difficult surface, the English side could only record a 2-1 victory.
They showed just how powerful they can be on home turf, however, as they thrashed the Canaries.
Slutsky said: ``We cannot be guided by just one match as to who will play and how they play.
``We know that Pellegrini uses different set-ups on the pitch and tries to plan their attack. There may be different options.
``But Manchester City are a very strong team and we will do our best.''
CSKA, the Russian champions, were in poor form the last time the clubs played but arrive in Manchester on the back of three straight wins. They had won just one of their previous eight.
Slutsky said: ``We have had some very nice results since the failures against Zenit (St Petersburg) and Manchester City.
``We know we are playing the favourite team but we will do our best to try to prove that the favourite is not always the one that wins.''
Playmaker Keisuke Honda, who went close to scoring a late equaliser against City in Moscow, will be one of the visitors' key men but CSKA concede his time at the club is coming to an end.
The dynamic Japan international has been linked with a move to AC Milan.
Slutsky said: ``The situation is known. Honda is not signing the contract with us.
``His contract finishes in December and after that he is free to sign for any club.''