Holden Determined To Overcome Toughest Test

  • October 31, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Stuart Holden admits rehabilitation from knee surgery has been the toughest test of his life and he can't wait to get back on the pitch.

Holden's last appearance for Bolton came in a League Cup tie at Aston Villa last September - his only appearance for the club since March 2011.

The United States international recently returned to the club's Euxton training base to step up his training regime and, although he failed to put a date on any potential return, he says he hopes to be back in full training in the near future.

"I can definitely say this has been the hardest thing I have had to do in my life," Holden told The Bolton News. "It has really tested me.

"I think I have come through it with flying colours. I want to be standing there after my first game back knowing that all the work was worth it.

"I've been through some ups and downs in the past year but I can happily say I'm in a great place now and really close to the finish line.

"You know in rehabs you will have days where you feel great and days when you don't want to do anything, thinking the knee will never get strong. I think coming through it has made me a better person, mentally and physically, and it feels good to be back.

"I was at the Bristol City game at the Reebok and just to feel the atmosphere again and be back amongst the boys was great.

"I have been working alone and isolated in the US. It allowed me to fully focus and work six hours a day and not have the temptation of wanting to join in with the boys so badly. Now that I am back here, I am really focused on fine-tuning and tinkering. Hopefully, I will be back in full training sooner rather than later.

"I had the operation back in September last year and, since then, I have been back and forth between here and the US focusing on my rehab and building my muscle back.

"It had to be done at the right pace; if you push it too fast, too soon, it pretty much erases the whole process.

"I have been doing some shooting and crossing, striking the ball, pretty much everything you would do in a game, just not at the same intensity yet. It is important I build up to that and that will still take a little time yet.

"The first team play at such a high tempo and going into that before my knee is ready for it will just cause more delays.

"I'm fully focused on getting back on the pitch, as long as the timing is right for both me and my little old knee. We have all been working hard for 17 months to get me back fit and we are almost there now."

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