Bolton Wanderers and United States international midfielder Stuart Holden will be missing for six months after undergoing surgery on the knee injured in a challenge from Manchester United’s Jonny Evans on Saturday.
Evans was shown a straight red card for the challenge, which wasn’t malicious, and has since phoned Holden to apologise.
Holden needed 26 stitches in his knee following the ugly clash during Bolton’s visit to Old Trafford. It was confirmed on today that the talented midfielder will miss the remainder of this season – including Bolton’s FA Cup semi-final against Stoke City – and the opening of the new campaign.
Holden travelled to London this morning to undergo surgery and revealed on Twitter that Evans had been in touch. “Just had a sincere phone call from Jonny Evans wishing me the best in my recovery, def [sic] wasn’t intentional, just unfortunate part of the game,” Holden said.
The 25-year-old has also vowed to return better than ever.
“I can promise you all I will come back stronger and better than before,” added the American.
“Have had bad luck in the past and will continue to beat it.”
Bolton manager Owen Coyle was full of praise for his dynamic midfielder, who has been a virtual ever-present since recovering from a broken leg last year.
“Stuart has been outstanding for me this season and he has shown in his performances that he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. He has such desire, strength of character and a winning mentality, and he will draw on all those attributes in his rehabilitation.”