Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden suffered a second serious knee injury in the space of a little over two years on Sunday when playing for the US national side in a Gold Cup tie with Panama.
Holden, 27, was forced off in the first half of United States’ 1-0 victory, leading to much concern from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann over his condition.
Unfortunately, scans revealed a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee. The problems began back in March 2011 with an initial six-month lay-off, before an aborted comeback attempt led to a further 16 months out of action.
Holden finally seemed back in business when returning in January of this year, but his luck deserted him once more on Sunday.
Despite his latest setback, the American exclaimed he’d ‘rise again’ on Twitter in response to numerous well-wishes. How long the process will take is undetermined at this time, but it’s likely to be several months before Holden gets back out on to the field of play again.
The loss of the former Houston Dynamo star leaves a huge void in the squad, which Bolton boss Dougie Freedman will look to fill quickly to assist with Wanderers promotion push this coming season.