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Stuart Holden to play for Bolton U-21 squad in first action since ACL tear

Feb 28, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

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It’s almost certainly too late for the World Cup, but for Stuart Holden, his quest to put his horrible injury luck behind him is nearly complete.

The 28-year-old USMNT midfielder is reportedly ready to play in a Bolton Reserves match on Monday at Reebok Stadium. Bolton manager Dougie Freedman confirmed the reports.

If he does play, it would be his first game action since tearing his ACL in a Gold Cup match in July.  He has not featured for the Bolton senior squad since April.

Holden has struggled mightily with not just injuries but serious ones.

The midfielder broke his leg on international duty in 2010, required knee surgery in early 2011, came back late that year only to reinjure it and require more surgery.  It took him a year and a half to finally return fully fit.

As a kicker to his return, Holden’s contract with Bolton is up after this season, so he will be hoping to make a swift return to impress the front office and earn himself a new deal.

”In training I’m seeing a player who is ready to go, but right now he needs game time,” said Freedman on the Bolton official website.

Holden returned to full training with the first team last month.

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