Monday, March 21, 2011

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden out for six months

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is expected to be sidelined for six months after sustaining a knee injury at Manchester United on Saturday.
United defender Jonny Evans was sent off for the tackle on Holden during the Red Devils' 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
Holden, 25, had 26 stitches in the wound and stated that he would have surgery in London on Monday.
"I can promise you all I will come back stronger and better than before," he said on social networking site Twitter.
"I have had bad luck in the past and will continue to beat it."
The injury rules the United States international out of Bolton's FA Cup semi-final against Stoke on 17 April.
And the bad news comes just over a year after Holden suffered a broken leg while playing for his country in a friendly against the Netherlands.
On that occasion he was ruled out for six weeks with a broken right fibula, an injury sustained in a challenge with Manchester City's Nigel de Jong.
"First and foremost, our main concern is Stuart and his recovery," said Bolton boss Owen Coyle.
"He will get all the time and support he needs. Stuart has been outstanding this season and has shown he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
"He has such desire, strength of character and a winning mentality and he will draw on those attributes in his rehabilitation."
 Holden joined Bolton in January 2010 from Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo and signed a contract extension in September that is set to keep him at the Trotters until 2013.
He has been widely regarded as one of Bolton's best players this season and has helped improve their Premier League position where they currently sit seventh.


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