El-Abd, who is currently playing at left-back, suffered a facial injury during last week’s defeat by Colchester but will be fine to travel to the County Ground.
Boss Gus Poyet is considering handing another left-back, fit-again Jim McNulty, a place in midfield in front of El-Abd.
McNulty has suffered an injury-hit spell since joining the Seagulls, having to have a kidney removed last season before suffering an ankle problem this term, but he is fully fit now and set to figure in a more advanced role.
Centre-half Colin Hawkins is the only injury absentee due to an ongoing heel problem.
Poyet has the luxury of an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.