It is now three weeks since Manchester City last played a competitive game and the urge to right the wrongs from a disappointing derby day at Old Trafford remains bottled up.
For now, nobody knows when the action will resume, with football suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak, but when it does it may be that some City players will have benefited from an unexpected and extended break.
The Premier League season is suspended until April 30 at the moment but it seems unlikely that the campaign will be able to resume then. It still remains to be seen if this season will get underway again at all, but if it does the Blues could still be chasing glory in the FA Cup and the Champions League, to add to the Community Shield and Carabao Cup that they have already won.
If this season does conclude it might lead to a shortened pre-season before the 2020/21 campaign gets underway, but City's players are getting plenty of rest in at the moment.
It seems certain they will go at least two months without a game and with fitness work restricted to one dose of outdoor exercise a day and some indoor gym work, many won't be seeing a football with most of that time.
But an extended break and a chance to relax and refresh could well be beneficial for some City players, with some in need of a rest and some looking like they just needed to recharge the batteries.
Here are the players who could benefit most of all from this unexpected downtime.
Only two outfield players have started more than Fernandinho's 22 games in the Premier League this season and it's been a stressful campaign for the Brazilian, who at the age of 34 has not only had to retrain as a centre back but has then found himself as the most reliable defender in Pep Guardiola's squad.
Fernandinho's form as a converted central defender and his ability to continue to offer back-up to Rodri in defensive midfield has seen him sign a new one-year deal that will take him to the end of next season.
But he turns 35 in May and time catches up with every player. The return of Aymeric Laporte has taken some of the pressure off Fernandinho, but this chance to rest his legs could also keep him fresh and with something in the tank for one final campaign at the Etihad.
Part of the reason that Fernandinho has had to play so often is the failure of Stones or Nicolas Otamendi to step up in the wake of Vincent Kompany's departure.
For Stones, in particular, this could be turning into a defining season at the club. He looks to have fallen behind teenager Eric Garcia in the pecking order at the back and has started just five of 14 games since returning from injury at the start of January.
It's clear that Guardiola's faith in the England international is wavering and Stones' time to prove himself at the Etihad is running out. He's been finding it difficult to halt the slide, but perhaps a spell away from the game will give him a renewed focus and a chance to resurrect his City career.
The break in the season means Sterling will have to wait to end his goal drought, which now stands at 12 games, and his confidence in front of goal has drained away during that run.
Perhaps a chance to press the reset button will be just what the winger needs. He started the season in blistering form, with 11 goals in 12 games for club and country, but the prolonged wait for a 25th goal of the season has been frustrating.
That Sterling still has 24 goals from 44 games shows how well he was doing, but he is yet to score in 2019 and he looked to have lost a bit of the spark from his game before the season was suspended.
Kevin De Bruyne
City will hope the enforced break doesn't result in De Bruyne losing some of his form. The Belgian had been the Blues' best player this season by a long, long way and was rightly in the discussion for player of the year honours, despite Liverpool's success at the top of the table.
Individual honours are the last thing on anybody's mind at the moment, but De Bruyne has shown before that he is hungry to make up for lost time. His performances this season have been fuelled by missing out on so much of last season through injury.
De Bruyne is happiest with the ball at his feet and when he gets the chance to play again he might well be ready to shine once more.
While De Bruyne's schedule over the last two years has been fairly light due to injury, Aguero's has been relentless. Three of the past summers have been spent playing tournaments for Argentina and that could well have been the case in 2020 but for the cancellation of the latest Copa America.
Aguero has played at least 39 games in every one of City's previous five seasons and was well on the way to doing so again. With internationals included almost every one of his previous 13 seasons in the game has seen his rack up at least 50 appearances for club and country.
But this is the chance for Aguero to refresh. With his contract up next summer it is still unclear if he will extend his deal or seek a return to Argentina. Perhaps this break will help convince him he still has plenty to offer and achieve at the Etihad.