Holden will have to return to the operating table
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.