Six To Nine Month Lay-Off For Holden

  • March 11, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have confirmed Stuart Holden will be out of action for between six and nine months, following surgery on ligaments in his right knee.

Holden, who initially suffered the injury last July, returned for the club's development squad match against Everton last week, only to break down after 23 minutes after a recurrence of the problem.

After scans failed to reveal the full extent of the latest problem, Holden underwent surgery where the injury to his cruciate ligament was discovered. The operation is believed to have been a success and the 28-year-old will now begin the long road to recovery.

Holden's contract at Bolton expires at the end of the current campaign and, despite assurances that he will be kept at the club in some capacity, the odds of him returning as a player appear to be declining with every passing injury.

After breaking his leg in March 2010, Holden returned in time to feature for his country at the World Cup in South Africa. He was put back on the shelf a year later, when a horror challenge from Jonny Evans resulted in him being stretchered off the field in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He returned for a League Cup tie at Aston Villa the following September, but it wasn't until January 2013 that he appeared in a Wanderers shirt again - following further surgery on his injured knee.

Despite his injury problems, Holden was called into the United States squad for last summer's Gold Cup. He helped his country into the final of the competition, before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury. Just over seven months of rehabilitation followed, before the injury resurfaced just 23 minutes into his comeback game for Bolton's second-string.

In more positive news for the man himself, news broke on Tuesday that Holden had got engaged to his long-term partner, Karalyn West.

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