ANDREW VORCE - Monday, March 21, 2011
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden may be out of action until the fall after sustaining a crunching knee injury during a Saturday loss to Manchester United.

"Stuart is expected to miss six months with a knee injury," confirmed Bolton Communications Director Mark Alderton to YA.

The injury occurred when the former Houston Dynamo midfielder went in to a slide tackle with United's Jonny Evans' to win a 50/50 ball on the edge of the penalty area.

Evans led with his studs showing resulting in the horrific injury. Holden writhed in agony on the field with a massive gash across his knee as Evans was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner.

Holden was rushed to the hospital straight after the tackle and received treatment on the gash and finally 26 stitches to mend the wound.

Initial Xrays showed no sign of broken bones on Holden's knee, however the club has not confirmed if there is any ligament damage.

The US international will also now be forced to sit out upcoming two games against Argentina and Paraguay and will also likely miss this summer's Gold Cup.

Holden has appeared in 28 matches for Bolton since joining the club in January 2010.