Manager Neil Warnock says his squad is down to 19 fit players, but was told by the Football League that the figure had to be down to 14 before Palace qualified for dispensation.
Magic of the Cup: Palace travel to Aston Villa in their fifth-round FA Cup replay
Meanwhile the Eagles boss says speculation linking him with themanagerial vacancy at QPR will not be a distraction as he attempts afamous win at Villa Park.
Warnock refuses to discuss the speculation but revealed he stillexpects to take Palace to Doncaster for their league clash at theweekend - having already booked his hotel room in the city.
Staying put.for now: Palace boss Warnock
However, the situation at Palace is clearly irritating him. 'It's disappointing and frustrating but it's gone now,' he said.
'We are in administration and we are in a mess, and now I can't bring any players in.
'But we have got to get enough points to stay up. That's the challenge now.
'There are a lot of times when I am down, but not around theplayers. I want something to drop for us, maybe a decision going forus.
'We're all in the same boat. We're all feeling a bit sorry forourselves. We are disappointed to be down where we are in the leaguebut we've got to get into our mindset that we are not going forpromotion, we are scrapping to stay in the league.'
ASTON VILLA v Crystal Palace: Selhurst Park saviour Stiliyan Petrov struggling to be fit for FA Cup replayMick Harford backs Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock for QPR jobEnd of the road for Briatore as former F1 tycoon quits as QPR chairman