ANDREW VORCE - Monday, March 21, 2011
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden may be out of action until the fall after sustaining a crunching knee injury during a Saturday loss to Manchester United.

"Stuart is expected to miss six months with a knee injury," confirmed Bolton Communications Director Mark Alderton to YA.

The injury occurred when the former Houston Dynamo midfielder went in to a slide tackle with United's Jonny Evans' to win a 50/50 ball on the edge of the penalty area.

Evans led with his studs showing resulting in the horrific injury. Holden writhed in agony on the field with a massive gash across his knee as Evans was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner.

Holden was rushed to the hospital straight after the tackle and received treatment on the gash and finally 26 stitches to mend the wound.

Initial Xrays showed no sign of broken bones on Holden's knee, however the club has not confirmed if there is any ligament damage.

The US international will also now be forced to sit out upcoming two games against Argentina and Paraguay and will also likely miss this summer's Gold Cup.

Holden has appeared in 28 matches for Bolton since joining the club in January 2010.
Hoppy in ATL
Thursday March 24, 2011 7:54 am
.......just when I thought I was running out of reasons to hate ManUre... That tackle was absolutely vicious... For Holden to be in top form after just recently battling back from major injury, only to have his season dashed by such a dodgy challenge.... This is the sort of recklessness that could end an entire career.... PATHETIC.
Monday March 21, 2011 1:02 pm
Evans could have easily tried to clear that ball with his laces. Instead he chose to put all his weight behind his studs and drive the ball and his studs into stu. Hopefully for stu the major ligaments are good to go and 6 months is conservative
Monday March 21, 2011 12:27 pm
That is some bad luck. He was just starting to play really well. A very hard tackle in the PL League and a straight red was probably warranted. I wish him a speedy recovery.
The Truth
Monday March 21, 2011 11:33 am
Friggin' Johnny Evans... he's a goon. He came in with intent to injure and send a message on that tackle. Holden and Bolton were controlling the midfield up to that point and Evans came in with intent. I hope the league takes proper action and ManU loses another centerback option for weeks during their CL push. Terrible to see for Stu - especially after his broken leg. Now I gotta look at a rusty Bradley Jr. in the midfield instead of dynamic Stu. Hoping the initial diagnosis is too conservative and he can make a return sooner.
Ed C.
Monday March 21, 2011 11:13 am
Again, another pathetic and dangerous tackle that puts a player out for a long time. Of course injuries happen but this was a studs-up tackle that Evans was not going to win. He has been wreckless in the past and continues to be so. A red card and a 2 game ban is nothing compared to 6 months out and all that pain endured.

This idiot should be made an example!

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