American Exports: Stuart Holden set for scan, checkup with US surgeon after leaving reserve match early
AMSTERDAM – Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden went in for a right-knee scan on Tuesday, but the only update offered by the English Championship thus far is that the US ace will soon head over to America for a further look.
Update. @stuholden will have a scan on right knee before heading to the US for an assessment on the resurfacing of last summer's injury.
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) March 4, 2014
When contacted by MLSsoccer.com, Bolton admitted they were not yet sure when Holden would visit the States, but did confirm he would again see noted Colorado surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman.
The 28-year-old came off just 27 minutes into his long-awaited reserve team comeback on Monday night, having twice clutched at the same knee that suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear during last July's CONCACAF Gold Cup final triumph against Panama. The first sign of trouble came after Holden delivered a pass to the flank, and mere moments later, he was on the ground after stretching to reach a loose ball. Offering some hope, the midfielder did jog to and down the tunnel on his own power.
The club, who have by now made a habit of taking things carefully with the American's multiple rehabs, released a statement saying they would be looking for problems related to his knee surgery from last summer. Since winning their Player of the Season honor in the spring of 2011, Holden has only managed four appearances for the Wanderers first team.