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Delph urges Man City to respond to Palace defeat

Credit: PA

Fabian Delph says Manchester City are determined to bounce back quickly from their shock loss to Crystal Palace as they travel to Leicester on Boxing Day.

Pep Guardiola's men suffered an unexpected lapse as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Defeats remain rare for City but, after two of them in their last three Premier League outings, the title initiative has been handed to Liverpool.

The Merseysiders now have a four-point cushion at the top of the table ahead of the round of fixtures that marks the season's halfway point.

England midfielder Delph said: "It is important not to dwell on the past and to live in the present. That game is finished now, it's about the next game. It's about getting the three points on the board."

City will hope midfielder Fernandinho will be fit to return after missing the Palace clash with a recurrence of a thigh problem. The Brazilian's control was sorely missed.

David Silva remains on the sidelines but with Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez - all of whom were substitutes at the weekend - ready to come in, Delph accepts the champions are hardly down to the bare bones.

The 29-year-old, who has again been used as a makeshift left-back this season, said: "It always helps when you have a fully-fit squad. People pushing each other for places is healthy.

"But we have more than enough in the squad to win any match, whether someone is injured or not. Everyone understands their roles and the systems, but we were just unfortunate (against Palace).

"We'll go on, have a look at it and then focus on the next game."

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Pellegrini concerned over Delph injury

Delph hurt his hamstring. Credit: Reuters

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects to know the severity of Fabian Delph's hamstring injury on Saturday after the midfielder left the field on a stretcher during the 4-1 pre-season defeat to Real Madrid.

Delph, who signed from Aston Villa after making a U-turn over his switch to City last week, lasted less than 20 minutes after a tussle with Luka Modric resulted in his early exit from the International Champions Cup game in Melbourne.

City will now face an anxious wait to determine the severity of the injury to their £8million signing, with their opening Barclays Premier League match against West Brom just over two weeks away.

"Unfortunately, it looks like Fabian has a problem with his hamstring - we thought it would be useful for him to play 45 minutes but he got the injury so it's not the best news," Pellegrini told the club's official website.

"We will have a more clear diagnostic from the doctor tomorrow."