Holden Says Thanks To The Fans

  • March 28, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Stuart Holden has said a 'thank you' to the Bolton supporters after the messages of support he has received over the last week.

Holden underwent surgery on a knee injury last Monday after being stretchered off the field at Old Trafford during Wanderers' 1-0 defeat to Manchester United the previous weekend.

The United States international has received hundereds of well wishing messages on social networking website Twitter and has released a statement to the supporters after returning to the club's training ground for the first time since his operation.

"I've been overwhelmed by the amount of messages that I have received from everybody," Holden told the club's official website.

"One thing I wish I could do is reply to every single one of them but as a general message to all of the fans and well-wishers I just want to say a big thank-you. I really do appreciate to all those who have shown support and said kind words to me.

"Obviously it has been a tough first week, especially when I think about the games that I will be missing in the remainder of the season, but I've got to crack on and focus on my rehab work and make sure that I'm in good shape for when I return next season.

"I've been there before with some long-term injuries and it's not nice but I have to remain positive. That's the kind of guy that I am though - I'm still going to come into the club with a smile on my face and join in with all the banter with my team-mates.

"I'm looking forward and taking the attitude that I am now already one week down the recovery trail. People won't see me feeling sorry for myself because I'm determined to get myself back fit and playing at the level I was before.

"Today (Monday) has been my first day at the training ground and it has felt great to see all of the guys again.

"I have got a call off every one of the guys over the last week and Ivan (Klasnic) came down to visit me in the hospital in London where I stayed after having my surgery. Being the jovial character that Ivan is, he actually brought me a bouquet of flowers and we had a laugh and a joke!

"It's friends like that who I can rely on in these tough times, and I've also had my brother there to help me every step of the way and without him I don't think I would have been able to get through this last week as well as I have.

"The first part the rehab programme is the non weight-bearing part when I'm on crutches. Once that has settled then I can start walking and I will be back here working over the summer making sure that I can do everything in my power to get myself fit as soon as possible.

"In many ways my summer vacation has started now. It will be nice to relax but I know that I have plenty of work ahead of me in the coming months."

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