El-Abd fitness boost for Brighton

Date published: Friday 18th December 2009 11:11

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.

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