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Stuart Holden out for 6-9 months, as serious injury hits U.S. international once again

Mar 11, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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Stuart Holden’s injury nightmare just took another turn for the worse, as the U.S. international midfielder is set for yet another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The heart-wrenching news comes as somewhat of a shock, as the Bolton Wanderers midfielder was injured in a Premier League U-21 game last Monday and the extent of his injury hadn’t been disclosed by either Holden or his club since.

However on Tuesday Bolton sent out the following Tweet, which stated Holden “will be out of action for between six and nine months following an operation on the ligaments in his right knee.” The American midfielder had returned to the U.S. to get treatment on his knee following the incident, and silence over the past few days wasn’t deemed as good news for Stu.

Holden, 28, has had no luck with recent injuries as the man who made his name with the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer has been cursed with bad luck in recent seasons. Holden suffered his latest injury when playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in his right knee during the USA’s 1-0 CONCACAF Gold Cup final win over Panama back in July. The American midfielder had initially clutched his right knee, then hobbled off the pitch as Bolton played Everton in what was essentially a reserve team game.

His string of serious injuries date back to 2010 when Holden horrifically broke his leg while playing for the USA against the Netherlands but Holden still managed to make one appearance at the 2010 World Cup vs. England. However he then injured his left knee against Manchester United in a tackle with Jonny Evans in March 2011 which kept him out for over a year. Holden has had nothing but bad luck with his fitness since.

Below you can see the Tweet which confirmed Holden’s season is over, and will likely take up a huge chunk of his 2014-15 campaign.

Despite all of that, the energetic midfielder had stayed in and around the USMNT picture and trained with the squad as a guest player during the January camp in California earlier this year.

But any hope Holden had of getting himself fit and ready to try and compete for a last-ditch spot in Klinsmann’s U.S. national team camp for the World Cup this summer is officially over, as the hugely likable character will now spend more time nursing himself back to full-fitness following his latest devastating injury.

From all the folks at PST, get well soon, Stu.

  1. talgrath - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    I’m sorry, but I think Holden’s career is done. After so many reconstructive surgeries on his legs there’s just not much more you can do for this; it’s unfortunate because he looks brilliant when healthy. Holden will be 29 by the time he sees the pitch again if these estimates are accurate, but that’s a very injured 29 where in the past few years he’s seen the doctor’s table more than he’s seen the field. How much pain is it worth enduring to try to be an elite player at this point? Does he really even have a chance of being a top player anymore?

  2. boscoesworld - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Time for Stuart to hang it up! If wants to walk without a cane when he’s fifty he needs to stop punishing his knees. Very sad!

  3. booger1234 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Poor guy! Hes got heart and he had the talent sucks these unfortunate injuries have limited him in playing and fulfilling his potential. Good luck in your recovery Stu!

  4. danielk1 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    His spirit and energy would make him a great man-managing coach.

    • Vnice - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      I was just going to say this. It’s time to transition to a move into coaching, or something else soccer related. He’s a great face for the game, so if he can’t play, he could coach, do TV work, executive level stuff, etc.

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