Holden Likely To Get New Bolton Contract

  • February 10, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Stuart Holden looks set to be offered a new contract at Bolton, but won't be rushed back into first-team action this season.

Holden has missed the whole of the Championship campaign so far, but returned to training last week as he enters the final stage of his rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury he suffered playing for his country last summer.

The 28-year-old has played just five games for Wanderers since being forced off the field at Manchester United in March 2011, making two separate comebacks before going down with further problems.

The injury he sustained last summer was not related to the original problem and Trotters boss Dougie Freedman says it is important Holden isn't rushed back, or else they risk losing the player to more injuries down the line.

Speaking to The Bolton News, Freedman said: "I have spoken to Stuart and I will keep that conversation private on what I have said about next year.

"But what I said did ease him a little bit. I haven't put Stuart under any pressure to play.

"It's unfair for me, as coach, to do that because of what's happened to him in the last couple of years.

"I wouldn't rush him back or make him do extra as in most cases because that could be detrimental to his other muscles, not just the knee.

"Clearly, when he came back last year he wasn't right. Hopefully, it is a lot different this time.

"He has spent a lot of time in America with the surgeon that did the operation. He has completely changed his running style, which I am told could have prevented the last problem.

"He is in a completely different mindset to where he was last time. Therefore, I am not going to rush this through. I want to make sure when he comes back he will be ready for the future.

"He is someone we probably need right now, with the leadership qualities he has got-on and off the field.

"When he first came over here I was not too sure about him, to be honest. But the energy and drive from midfield he showed in games and the matches he played in the Premier League was obvious to see.

"However, you can't take what he was doing two or three years ago and expect him to walk straight back and do that again. You will put too much pressure on the guy.

"We all want him back and we are all frustrated. But you won't see me making a call which puts the rest of Stuart's career for the next seven or eight years in jeopardy because we need him tomorrow."

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