BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, December 6, 2012
After being away from the game for most of the past 18 months, American midfielder Stuart Holden has resumed full training with Bolton.

Though unclear when the 27-year old will be ready to play in a game, returning to training is an important first step.

"Stuart Holden has resumed full training," a Bolton media official told YA. "He's doing one day on and one day off."

Holden was injured in a vicious tackle from Jonny Evans in a game against Manchester United in March 2011. He underwent surgery to repair the damage, but after playing in a reserve match in October, another surgery was required to repair the pins.

Despite missing the final eight weeks of the season, Holden was named the 2011 Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year.

This was not the first time Holden suffered an injury as the result of a harsh tackle. In March 2010, he was injured by Nigel De Jong while playing for the United States in a friendly against Holland.

In his Bolton career, the 2010 World Cup veteran has appeared in 28 contests, scoring twice. Without the former Houston Dynamo man, Bolton was relegated from the Premiership following the 2011/12 season.