Six Months Out For Holden

  • March 21, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be without Stuart Holden for the next six months after it was confirmed he is to undergo surgery on a knee injury.

Holden left the field on a stretcher during Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford after being on the wrong end of a thumping challenge from Jonny Evans.

Evans was shown a straight red card for the tackle which left Holden with a huge gash to the side of his knee.

The Wanderers midfielder received 26 stitches in the wound on Saturday night and will travel to London on Monday for an operation which will keep him sidelined into the start of next season.

"First and foremost our main concern is for Stuart and his recovery. He will get all the time and support that he needs," Bolton boss Owen Coyle told the club's official website.

"Stuart has been outstanding for me this season and he has shown in his performances that he is one of the best midfielders in the Barclays Premier League.

"He has such desire, strength of character and a winning mentality, and he will draw on those attributes in his rehabilitation."

Meanwhile, Holden has refused to place blame on the United defender, insisting that there was no malice in the challenge.

"Down 2 London 4 Surgery later today and then road 2 recovery begins," Holden wrote on Twitter.

"I can promise you all I will come back stronger and better than before. Have had bad luck in the past and will continue to beat it.

"Just had a sincere phone call from Jonny Evans wishing me the best in my recovery, def wasn't intentional, just unfortunate part of the game."

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