Westerveld ready to return
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Liverpool custodian had looked set to miss the remainder of the season after breaking the little finger on his left hand in a UEFA Champions League game against Lyon in February.
However, he has made good progress in his recovery and is now confident he can resume between the posts in this weekend's trip to table-toppers Valencia.
"It has been a very good week for me," stated the 29-year-old.
"I think we are now in the seventh week (since sustaining the injury): they said at least two months, but I feel good.
"I have trained with the rest of the team without pain or fear and I feel good.
"I would be prepared to play today if I had to."
However, the Dutch international admitted that he was not assured of an instant return to Sociedad's first-team following his lay-off.
Alberto has proved an able deputy for Westerveld while youngster Asier Riesgo is also highly thought of at the Basque club.
"It is the boss (Raynald Denoueix) who must decide," Westerveld continued.
"That is the life of a manager. It's good when you have three quality keepers in the squad, better than having just the one."