Holden injured in Bolton’s loss to Manchester United

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Stuart Holden has been enjoying a dream season for Bolton, which made his expected participation in the U.S. national team's upcoming friendlies a highly-anticipated storyline.

That storyline looks like it will have to wait now after Holden was injured in Bolton's 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Saturday.

Holden was taken off the field on a stretcher after a nasty tackle from Johnny Evans, who went in studs up on a 50-50 challenge that left Holden with a visible laceration and bruising on his left knee.

Here is video of the tackle:

The full extent of Holden's injuries is unknown at this time, but given the visible state of his knee, Holden looks highly unlikely to be available for the United States' friendly against Argentina on March 26th and Paraguay on March 29th.

We will pass along developments as they become available.

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82 Responses to Holden injured in Bolton’s loss to Manchester United

  1. vik says:

    Adding insult to injury was losing so late like that; but it almost highlighted how important Holden is to the team. I hope it’s not a break or anything very serious. Bolton and the USMNT can’t afford him to be out for long.

  2. David Gill says:

    Evans is a moron, should’ve been sold long ago.

  3. FROI says:

    Really idiotic tackle by Jonny Evans. Holden was the best on the field. (coming from a Man U fan, BTW)

  4. Ralph says:

    Absolutely horrendous. It does NOT matter if it was initially a 50-50 ball. You can not leave the ground and go in with two cleats up. And for all you Man U fans who are going to try to defend Evans as a good boy, look at his track record. He’s no angel. Repeated offenders like he and Nigel De Jong should sit out as long as their victims are injured–bottom line. There is no other way for governing bodies of football to send a meaningful message. For someone like Sir Alex who consistently whines about the referees not protecting his players, he has set no example whatsoever.

  5. Hoodoo says:

    Owen Coyle on Stuart Holden ‘his knee is wide open, we’re hoping it’s just a cut, not a break or ligament damage but we don’t know yet’

    someone posted that on twitter from an interview

  6. Alex says:

    I agree 100%, and any Man U fan (and this is coming from one) who tries to defend Evans should remember their reaction to Carra’s tackle on Nani recently.

  7. kimo says:

    These studs up tackles need to stop. It’s one thing to be aggressive and physical, but it’s entirely another thing to play recklessly. The EPL needs to start handing out 5 match bans and fines = the player’s salary over that stretch.

  8. Hoodoo says:

    5 game match ban for any player on United would be Holden’s entire salary for the year

  9. Ralph says:

    Which is sad, because Holden has arguably had the most significant impact on Bolton’s offense this year, yet a bench riding primadonna at a top four club would still make more.

  10. A says:

    Why is anyone surprised by this?

    Vidic? Rooney? Evans? Scholes? Carrick?

    This is typical United dirty play.

  11. Juan says:

    Looks like it’s just a laceration… probably a couple weeks out to let it heal.

  12. Jack says:

    That’s the EPL for you.

  13. cbh says:

    Evans should be banned for the season. Effin horrendous.

  14. mase says:

    Screw Man U, the most overrated team in Europe

  15. Hoping for the best says:

    He’s clearly bleeding after the tackle but his knee seemed to not twist when hit so hopefully only a laceration. (see comment above quoting Coyle) Plus they didn’t seem to put him in a splint, only wrapping it in a towel. Still figure he’s out of the US camp. Bummer for Stuart + US Soccer.

  16. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    This is just awful. Here’s to hoping Stewie heals up quickly and gets back onto the field ASAP.

  17. Jack says:

    The photos from the game are coming out. There are a couple of Stu looking like he’s in incredible pain and Elmander and Chungy yelling to the sidelines for help. However this injury turns out, they really are a bit chilling to look at.

    The one good thing is that his leg doesn’t look as though it is strangely positioned or anything.

  18. Champions of England says:

    That wasnt a dirty play. Both players went into it with their studs up if you actually watch the video. Hope Holden comes out okay though, he’s been fantastic this year.

  19. larry says:

    im no knee expert but the knee doesnt look mangled and out of place (from the little that i can see on tv). Lets just hope its a bad gash and nothing more. Hopefully Stewie can learn from this and protect himself a little more

  20. 20 says:

    How can you honestly say that wasn’t dirty? Oh yea you’re a Utd fan

    link to youtube.com

  21. Second City says:

    Gentlemen, I take the blame for Holden’s injury.

    While watching the match, I told a friend, “I don’t care how Holden looks today, I just want him healthy for the upcoming National Team friendlies”.

    ^^ Kiss of Death/Jinx.

    Extremely frustrating too, because I wanted to see Bob’s mindframe on fitting in our loaded midfield and how he arranged the talent.

    Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait longer (again) to see Holden implemented into his newer role his play, form and ability is commanding.

    Huge sigh of frustration as I type this post.

  22. Murphy says:

    No way–Holden went into the tackle with his instep, Evans went with his studs up. Holden’s studs were not facing Evans.

  23. jig says:

    so if youre a reserve for a big club that makes you a primadonna? stop crying.

  24. Second City says:

    Additionally, United fans that are justifying that tackle are a a joke and I’m not surprised.

    United fans that are born and raised in the States justifying it should be blatantly slapped across the face and reminded what flag is flying above them.

  25. Champions of England says:

    There is a huge difference between a dirty tackle and just a stupid tackle. When someone claims a tackle was dirty that implies that the player knew they wouldnt get the ball and just took out the player instead. There wasnt intent by Evans to injure, he was going for the ball, but it was a stupid tackle.

  26. Daniel says:

    Agreed with most everyone. That was a shameful tackle and you’re deluding yourself if you think it was fair in any way.

    Get better Stu.

  27. Alex says:

    really? this was holden’s fault and he needs to learn how to protect himself? that’s one of the least intelligent comments i’ve ever read.

  28. Ian says:

    That’s why they are at the top of the EPL then, right?

  29. Bryan says:

    surely if his leg was broken we’d know about it by now

  30. John says:

    Stu Holden is starting to suffer for being such a good, gutsy midfielder. Careless and dangerous tackle. At least the perpetrator was punished for it this time. This will likely only be a one match ban for Evans, but it doesn’t seem fair when his carelessness likely knocked out Stu for longer.

  31. 20 says:

    He just meant that Holden needs to be more careful because he’s picking up a lot of injuries. He is always putting his body on the line for the team but sometimes you have to think about yourself.

  32. jrig5 says:

    “Always picking up injuries”? Come on…this play was Evans leaving the ground with both feet, studs up…you want to blame the De Jong tackle on Holden too, where he stuck his studs into Holden’s shin?

    Other than those two injuries, when has Holden been out for a significant amount of time due to a problem like this? Come on. Holden’s been unlucky, twice the victim of stupidity on the part of another player. At least Evans was red carded this time.

  33. kevin says:

    on a positive note… Dempsey just scored

  34. Alex says:

    i consider that a pretty honorable trait in any player. more honorable than hacking other players down or going in studs up. wouldn’t you rather be known as a guy who leaves it all on the field than as a hack?

  35. Sonicdeathmonkey says:

    Yeah, but the downside is that he did it against Timmmmaaay.

  36. Ben says:

    Dempsey playing very deep in center of the Fulham midfield…looking pretty good. Maybe he heard about Stu’s injury and figured Bob would need a replacement.

  37. jmac says:

    Too soon to give up on him. United gave up Pique – who plays a similar style to Evans – too soon, and look how he ended up.

    Holden’s teamate hung him out to dry with that pass.

  38. Andrew says:

    How did Dempsey score?

  39. Sean says:

    It was a daft challenge, but there was no intent there. It was a 50-50 ball and both were entitled to go for it. Studs up challenges happen. It’s unfortunate that Stu got hurt but you guys are really showing your maturity here.

  40. jmac says:

    Not sure if anyone is justifying the tackle, but attaway to make this a patriotism isusse.

  41. jmac says:

    It wasn’t even 50-50, it was more like 60-40 for Evans, which does highlight his stupidity for tackling like that.

  42. bob says:

    Holden = unlucky

  43. mcm says:

    The only problem with the English leagues is the English refs, English Coaches, and English players. Otherwise it is the best league in the world. Not trying to be mean, I like English people just not their interpretation of soccer.

    I really hope the MLS goes away from this type of soccer.

  44. Joamiq says:

    There may not have been intent, but there was recklessness. Lack of intent is no defense. There’s no place for that kind of tackle in soccer.

  45. Ben says:

    nice left footed shot to the lower left corner from 20 yards or so.

  46. Ben says:

    after some good fulham passing

  47. CJG says:

    50-50 ball or not, Evans came in studs up after leaving his feet. You. just. can’t. challenge. like. that. Period.

  48. Hoodoo says:

    Lol if Dempsey isn’t starting in a forward or reserve striker position then I don’t know what Bob’s line of thinking is.

    Holden should play Winger because he can, the other center mids can not.

    Need all the best players on the field

  49. abc says:

    No, just being at a big four club does. Obviously it applies even moreso to non-reseves.

  50. Fix says:

    MLS time

  51. Champions of England says:

    I agree with you. I’m not defending his tackle. He went through the ball and took out the player which was clearly reckless and he deserved to be sent off.

    My issue comes with calling it a dirty play. Anytime there is a bad tackle everyone rushes to say what a dirty play it was. It’s like we have made ‘bad tackle’ and ‘dirty tackle’ mean the exact same thing….and they dont.

  52. Andrew says:

    Awesome. Thanks.

  53. Erik says:

    It wasn’t a dirty tackle… two players going for the ball and one ended up worse off.

    Coming from someone who can’t stand Man U.

  54. mwc says:

    Sir Alex: “. . . it’s a little bit unfortunate, but if the foot is off the ground, you really don’t have 100% claim [or] complaint.” So, he’s not complaining about the sending off.

  55. VilniusNastavnik says:

    “there was no intent there . . . studs up challenges happen.”

    the reason for the card is to prevent studs-up challenges from happening, because they can cause serious injury.

  56. Defa says:

    How about probable starting lineups for MLS matches???

  57. Lenox y says:

    Bravo Evans you did what you needed to do to take possesion of the ball. And you got punish for it and no one complain. So to people that say refs favor united you Could suck on this.

  58. Be Serious says:

    Holden is NOT more valuable or impactful than Davies. Be serious.

  59. Be Serious says:

    No one is saying that it is okay. Just that many here are overreacting when they call it dirty. It was a reckless tackle, deserving of a red card. But it WASN’T dirty. He got the ball.

  60. ahm says:

    1.) so to people who say that illiteracy is not a problem, you could suck on this
    2.) one appropriate call does not in any way “even out” countless years of favoritism

  61. mcm says:

    I like the idea of reckless vs. dirty. I just swung my fist in the air. I didn’t mean to hit him.

    I was just jumping in the air with my studs pointed at his knee. I did not mean to hurt him. Well then you are an idiot.

  62. Villain-from-Texas says:

    That tackle was a disgrace. Calling that 50/50 would be generous. Evans hardly looked at the ball, much less went for it.

  63. Naboo says:

    that flag means they are free to persue happiness, even if it is with supporting manchester united…

  64. CJG says:

    There’s a fine line between dirty and reckless. It is a question of intent, I suppose, and in most cases we never know the answer to that. My main point, however, is that the dirty-reckless argument is moot. You just can’t do it. The guy that gets loaded and drives his car into somebody probably didn’t mean to hurt anybody. But the behavior is still unacceptable.

  65. Drew says:

    So…I don’t want to be the one to say it. But word on the street is Bog Bradley paid off Evans to injure Holden so he didn’t have to read the collective SBI meltdown when Michael goes 90 in both friendlies.

    Bummer for Holden, I was so pumped to see him in his natural position for the Nats. Lets hope it is just a laceration and nothing structural. That said, I’m sure glad we have all those midfield options at the end of the day!

  66. Kevin says:

    Look at the picture. It’s definitely a bad tackle, but he went in with one. And I am not trying to defend him; I couldn’t care less about Manchester United or Johnny Evans. I honestly think there was no intent to hurt Holden in this tackle.

  67. jake says:

    I agree that it wasn’t dirty… and was just reckless, but “getting the ball” has nothing to do with that opinion.

  68. Rob says:

    So is Edu or Jones next? Lol

  69. Wondolowski says:

    Bolton might need to look for another striker then. Maybe someone else from the MLS with proven quality and finishing prowess.

  70. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Exactly. Freedom to choose ≠ intelligence.

  71. TimN says:

    I wouldn’t jump the gun on the seriousness of this injury just yet, Ives. Let him be evaluated. I’m a physician, and have seen LOTS of lacerations that initially look pretty scary that end up healing very well and quickly once sutured.

  72. joel says:

    this sucks…he’s doing a great job this season.
    damm evans…i’m a united fan but he sucks.

  73. Warren says:

    Yeah 28 stitches were an honest mistake. Yeah right.

    Would be more plausible if we were talking about a knife fight.

    Meaning: accidental/incidental contact is one thing; 28 stitches – I believe we can agree – is at the least a red card and preferrably a multi-game suspension.

  74. Warren says:

    Again, sorry, noone’s buying and even Fergie isn’t defending Evans like a lot of see-no-evil manU fans: you cannot cause a gash requiring 28 stitches to close – by accident.


  75. Hoodoo says:

    I think everyone thought the laceration was a broken bone type laceration.

    thats the only thing i can think of when it comes to why everyone assumes the injury is so bad.

    he’ll be ok, i’m concerned about ligament damage since its around the knee

  76. SwerveZ says:

    That’s gotta be a nasty cut, being from boot studs. Damn. I don’t remember hearing about anyone getting seriously slashed by studs…

  77. Matt says:

    This is the logical point of view…

  78. fischy says:

    I guess you missed Nani being gouged last week??

  79. houdynamofan says:

    Agree. Bad tackle, but not dirty. Let’s save dirty for those players who really are trying to inflict damage on the other player – and there are some out there. This one does not look that way. And I have followed Holden from his start in Houston.

  80. chris says:

    he missed a sitter saturday

  81. Shark says:

    News is Holden had to have 26 stitches in his knee…no broken bones or torn ligaments…he is out of the up coming USA matches as are Steve Cherundolo and Zak Whitbread.

    Confirmation here:

    Boston Hearld….as Ives doesn’t allow links you can google it to find the link…

    More from the article:

    Cherundolo (groin) and Whitbread (back) will rest nagging injuries. U.S. coach Bob Bradley added Leeds defender Eric Lichaj to the roster on Sunday.

    The USSF expects Holden was to be evaluated again on Sunday.

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