Freedman: Holden Leaves 'Over My Dead Body'

  • March 06, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman is refusing to give up hope that Wanderers fans will be able to see Stuart Holden in a white shirt again.

After more than six months on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury, Holden lasted just 23 minutes on his return to the development squad before suffering a relapse of the problem.

The full extent of the latest injury isn't yet known, but Freedman says the attitude of the United States international can never be questioned and he is a player he would like to keep at the Reebok Stadium for many years to come - stating the only way Holden would leave is 'over his dead body'.

"It's disappointing news for us all," Freedman was quoted by The Football League.

"We don't know the exact result, but we feel that it's the same injury. He's had his scans and he's going to see his specialist on Monday.

"Hopefully he can read the scans and tell us good news. If not, he'll need to go into the knee and have a little look.

"I went and met him the following night (Tuesday) and had a long chat with him. He's very positive and no matter what the outcome of it is, he'll carry on going.

"I want to make it very clear that Stuart Holden will be here in some capacity at this football club - over my dead body is he leaving.

"He's such a fantastic lad and a great ambassador for this football club. You don't need people who are takers; he's never once talked to me about his contract situation, about his (injury) situation.

"He's always talked to me about how can we win games, how can the team get better, how can we get youngsters in the team? It's music to my ears to have people like that around.

"Hopefully he'll be fine and if he's not he'll be back here through the summer getting fit to try and get back in some capacity.

"He went over to America 10 days ago and they did all the tests and they came up all positive.

"We were told three weeks of training and he's ready to play 45 minutes in his first reserve game. Because of Stuart's knowledge of the knee he knew exactly where he was so it wasn't rushed. That wasn't the case. Whether it was bad luck, they'll confirm that for him next week."

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