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Forest game so special for El-Abd
Adam El-Abd will be begging his Albion team-mates for some of their tickets for Saturday’s visit by Nottingham Forest.
The clash at The Amex will be a real family affair for the Seagulls’ centre-half, who supported Forest when he was younger.
El-Abd revealed: “My mother and her family are all from Nottingham. We followed them when I was younger because my dad was always busy on Saturday afternoons and the only time I got to go to live football was when my mum took us to visit the grandparents and to see Forest.
“I had all the kits. I always either wanted an England shirt or a Forest shirt.
“All my mum’s family still live in Nottingham so it is still quite a big fixture for the El-Abd family.
“My dad lives in Spain now but he is flying in on Thursday for Christmas so the first game he will see is Forest.
“He saw me play in Dubai for Egypt but he hasn’t seen me play for Brighton since last Christmas, so it will be nice to have him in the stand.
“I will be badgering the boys for even more tickets than usual. I get a lot of stick from them, because being a local lad and with my missus from Brighton as well I usually take more than my fair share.”
El-Abd, who made his comeback in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Charlton, has not played at The Amex since sustaining a slight hamstring tear against Leeds last month.
He said: “Thanks to the medical staff my hamstrings feel a lot stronger now and I am confident it won’t happen again. “Hopefully we can get a win and pick up the points that our performances of late have merited.”
Meanwhile, development squad striker Brennan Dickenson’s loan spell with League Two Chesterfield has been extended until January 5.