BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Stuart Holden suffered a crushing setback today when a follow-up surgery revealed cartilage damage that would keep him out until March.

The day began when the club revealed that Holden would have to undergo an operation today on his knee and the initial estimate was that he would miss six weeks.

It was after the operation that it became apparent that the damage was worse than feared and that he would have to be out six more months.

Bolton Wanderers official website reported the developments this afternoon.

Holden returned to action last week in a League Cup game against Aston Villa and he played a full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win. Prior to that, he had played in a few reserve team games.

Holden injured his knee in March in a game against Manchester United after he received a harsh challenge at the hands of Jonny Evans.

Questions are likely to be asked about the reasons for this latest setback and the medical care Holden has received since March. Did Bolton rush Holden back? Was the initial surgery inadequate? Was Holden properly diagnosed?

Regardless of these questions, this latest setback will keep Holden away from the US national team until World Cup qualifying at the earliest.
Ken Roth
Thursday September 29, 2011 4:10 pm
what a shame -Stuart Holden has the pace and vision of a great player.
Bolton is a much better side when he is on the field.
I hope he comes back strong.

Alex G
Thursday September 29, 2011 1:28 pm
We really need Holden back, having said that, I hope he fully recovers and goes back to his old form, he is a great lad.
Thursday September 29, 2011 1:10 pm
I dont think SH is the new O'Brien. His injury troubles are just a case of bad luck pure and simple. What is important is that he fully heals so that he actually doesn't pick up needless injuries in the future due to getting back on the field too soon.
Thursday September 29, 2011 11:55 am
Well he's done.....he's 27 and now another 6 months and additional year to try and regain fitness. Who knows if he will be in same form. There goes half of American fans dream of him playing for the USA
Thursday September 29, 2011 1:59 am
Well I take that back
Thursday September 29, 2011 1:11 am
I have hope that these major injuries won't keep happening since both have resulted from people who can't tackle. Hopefully it has just been bad luck and it won't continue to happen.
Hoppy in ATL
Wednesday September 28, 2011 9:28 pm
Poor lad.... Hope he returns to form as soon as possible and is in relatively good spirits..... I hate to hear that....
Wednesday September 28, 2011 1:50 pm
Holden is the new O'Brien
Wednesday September 28, 2011 1:44 pm
I just hope Stu doesn't become a promising star that never was because of injuries.
Wednesday September 28, 2011 12:17 pm
Good. As long as it's routine like they say, we have no need to rush him in, and hopefully this will help him get back to the level he was at before his injury.

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