Gary Dicker grateful for Brighton support after injury

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Brighton's Gary Dicker has praised the club for the support he has received during his time on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old midfielder is close to a return after fracturing a fibula against West Ham in October.

"When you're injured you go through everything in your mind, whether my leg will feel alright, if the gaffer will still want me," he told BBC Sussex.

"It's about staying strong. My family, my girlfriend and all the lads have been brilliant."

He added: "I had days when you don't want to do anything. You just want to feel right again.

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Dicker edges towards Albion return

"You take it for granted when you are fit and healthy."

Dicker says team-mate Tommy Elphick, who is out for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon last year, has helped him through his recovery.

"The way Tommy has stayed strong and handled himself through the injury he's had has been a credit to him," the Irishman continued.

"Me and Tommy have bounced off each other these last few months and helped each other along.

"I think he feels a bit lonely now which is harder for him."

Dicker stepped up his return in a reserve team game at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

"It's great to be back in the mix around the lads, but I'll take things day-by-day," Dicker said. "There's light at the end of the tunnel, definitely."

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