HOLDEN SIDELINED WITH LEG FRACTURE
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DAVID SMITH - Thursday, March 4, 2010
Stuart Holden's participation in Wednesday's matchup against Holland proved costly as his club team Bolton confirmed the midfielder is expected to miss up to six weeks with a suspected broken fibula.

The recent addition to the legion of Americans playing in England was forced out of the game at the half-hour mark after a poorly-time tackle by Nigel de Jong.

While the Manchester City midfielder saw yellow for his efforts, Holden was on the worse end of matters, as Bolton now expect him to need until mid-April to make a return to the field.

"Stuart is facing a spell of up to six weeks on the sidelines after picking up an injury [while] on international duty," the team confirmed on their website.

"The midfielder suffered a fracture in his leg during the United States' friendly against Holland in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening."

Team officials confirmed by phone that the fracture is suspected to be to his fibula, which should allow him to return before the end of the campaign to aid in their struggle to avoid relegation.

Holden joined the Greater Manchester-area club in January on a free transfer from former MLS team Houston, and had finally worked his way onto the field with a pair of promising performances in the week prior to Wednesday's game.

Bolton currently sit two points above the surface in 15th place, and face an important stretch over the next ten days with a trio of games against fellow struggling teams West Ham, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic.
vik
Thursday March 4, 2010 7:58 pm
The dutch were surprisingly douch-ey throughout this game. The US "don't play good soccer" my ass, they almost got beat at the end and pretty points don't get you a trophy. Ask Turkey or Portugal for that matter, both have gotten screwed at the euros by far less enterprising teams.
Rico
Thursday March 4, 2010 7:18 pm
Should have at the very least been a yellow card, and could have very easily been a red.
esteban
Thursday March 4, 2010 6:14 pm
Wow. This makes you wonder how much caution the players should take in the friendlies against Turkey and C.R. As a coach, do you play your starters for only the first half, a la Bill Polian with Indy? I prefer risking injury and playing to win against tough European competition. We need the confidence heading into SA.
Ivan Drago
Thursday March 4, 2010 4:35 pm
Such a shame, he was really developing and had a great chance to get better in the months leading up to the Cup. I think de Jong should have been sent off for that tackle, incidentally. It was a reckless, head on, studs up challenge and that kind of play should not be tolerated - particularly in a friendly.
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