Delph was an unused substitute against Everton, Pellegrini raising eyebrows by utilising only David Silva among his potential replacements as the clock ticked down and the stalemate ensued.

The manager later explained his decision was motivated by wanting to keep those in reserve fresh to feature in forthcoming matches, meaning Delph could perhaps return to the starting line-up against Palace.

“I hope to be involved as much as possible and I’m always ready to play when needed or called upon,” said Delph.

“You’ll get nothing less than 100 per cent from me and I’m certain the same goes for the other lads.

“It’s important to have a good squad and we’ve got a great one, so rotation at this time of year probably makes more sense than using the same players week in, week out.”

Palace have endured a drop-off from their impressive early season form, with a 1-0 loss to bottom side Aston Villa on Tuesday marking their fourth consecutive Premier League match without scoring.

A raft of injuries to forwards have not helped manager Alan Pardew to turn around this slump, with Yannick Bolasie (hip) and Dwight Gayle (hamstring) still sidelined.

Reflecting on the Villa defeat, Pardew said: “We looked short of energy and cohesion, and maybe the fact that our offensive players are all struggling to come back to full fitness was shown up.

“We’ve been getting away with it a little bit, but against Villa we didn’t.”

Centre-back Eliaquim Mangala (hamstring) striker Wilfried Bony (calf) and midfielder Fernandinho (muscle strain) missed City’s game against Everton and will be assessed, while Vincent Kompany (calf) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) are long-term absentees.

City were 1-0 winners when the teams met at Selhurst Park in September, youngster Kelechi Iheanacho coming off the bench to net a last-gasp winner, while Palace suffered a 5-1 defeat in Manchester to end their League Cup campaign in October.