Bolton hit by Holden horror injury
Bolton Wanderers’ United States international midfielder Stuart Holden will miss the rest of this season after his knee was badly wounded in a tackle by Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans at Old Trafford last weekend.
The Trotters lost 1-0 in the 87th-minute. But the gaping gash on Holden’s knee was the main cause of concern after the match.
Holden will be out for up to six months and will miss the club’s forthcoming trip to Wembley for a winnable FA Cup semi-final on April 17th against Stoke City set up by Wanderers’ last-gasp victory in their quarter-final tie at Birmingham City.
Holden accepted Evans’ assertion that the challenge was not “malicious.” But it continues the American’s bad fortune with injuries. A year previously, he broke his right leg playing for the States against the Netherlands.
However, Holden promised, via Twitter, that “I will come back stronger and better than before. I have had bad luck in the past and I will continue to beat it.”
Bolton boss Owen Coyle promised that Holden would “get all the time and support he needs. He has been outstanding this season and has shown that he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.”
South Korean international Lee Chung-Yong headed Bolton’s 90th-minute FA Cup winner at Birmingham. And the semi-final draw has thrown up the intriguing possibility of a repeat of the 1958 Cup Final meeting with Manchester United.
Bolton won 2-0 that day. And they haven’t won a major trophy since.
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