Holden makes Bolton’s FA Cup squad vs. Sunderland

It has been 22 long months on the road of recovery for Stuart Holden, but the finish line is finally in sight.

Holden was named to Bolton Wanderer’s game-day roster for the club’s FA Cup replay against Sunderland on Tuesday, marking the first time he will be in uniform for Bolton’s first team since suffering a knee injury in March 2011. It is unlikely that Holden starts the match, but he could be one of the first options off the bench after being deemed healthy enough to dress by Bolton head coach Dougie Freedman.

Holden recently played in a reserve game for Bolton and was positive after his 65-minute performance, saying his knee felt fine and that his return was looming.

What do you think of Holden being named to Bolton’s game-day roster for their match vs. Sunderland? Think he will come off the bench?

Share your thoughts below.

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30 Responses to Holden makes Bolton’s FA Cup squad vs. Sunderland

  1. Micah King says:

    Wishing him the best!

  2. Modibo says:

    Congratulations and good luck, Stu!

    Very glad to see this news!

  3. Sean Farrell says:

    No matter how well he plays or what happens from here, the soccer world is a better place with Stu.

  4. 2tone says:

    Good for him. Could Stu make the March qualifiers for the USMNT? You never know.

    • timmytwoshoezzz says:

      Can we let him play 90 minutes of competitive football for once in the last 22 months first?

    • TomG says:

      Still way too early for that IMO. Let him build up to playing regularly, then let him stay healthy for a spell, then let him get into his best form. THEN we can evaluate. We have no idea at this point if Stu will EVER recover his pre-injury form. It’s great to see him back though. He’s always been one of my favorite players, ever since the 2008 Olympics.

  5. TheFrenchOne says:

    oh boiiii ….!

  6. RJ says:


  7. Ed says:

    Williams, Bradley, Holden midfield = deadly

    • quozzel says:

      C’mon folks…everybody loves to knock Jermaine Jones but he’s easily the USA’s best holding mid, who has been pressed into an attacking mid role for lack of any other creative options. Put Bradley and a healthy Stuart Holden ahead of him with Jones in the hole and Oh My are things different with the Nats.

      • Francois says:

        This! But we need to wait and see what happens with Holden the next few months and let him get his form and full-match fitness under his belt.

  8. Gnarls says:

    Wish it was on TV. FSC or BeIN, get on it!

  9. James says:

    Will it be televised?

  10. Ryan says:

    This really made my day! Great news. Great player.

  11. byrdman says:

    maybe on firstrow

  12. Red says:

    I hope they ease him in, Stu’s health comes first.

    • Michael Stypulkoski says:

      It’s been two years. I think it’s safe to say that no one at Bolton has rushed him back.

  13. Waterlewd says:

    His old team too. Should give him extra incentive — not that he needs it.

  14. Josh D says:

    Please be safe…. Please be safe….

    This is great news, but I hope no one judges any time he gets on the field. Let him settle over the next couple of months. Just last week, the gaffer said he would take his time with Holden and now he’s on a gameday roster. Either this is just a “thank you” to Holden like Davies got after his return in France, or Bolton have seen some big improvements. Either way, he’s deserves nothing but good will.

  15. Dan M says:

    you have to be happy for the guy. twenty years ago he would have had zero chance of ever playing after the two knee injuries he suffered. Go Stu!

  16. A says:


    Frosted cornflakes is back! Stay away from Johnny Evans!

  17. Andy N says:

    Please don’t get hurt again!

  18. Sabella says:

    It’s too early. I would have him work up to and then play a full 90 with the reserves for a bunch of games. Just to make sure…..

    • Michael Stypulkoski says:

      Do you really think that know better than the coaches, doctors, trainers, manager, and Stu himself? On what basis are you making the judgement that it’s “too early?”

  19. Jason says:

    I’ll be watching; 11:45 pm Pacific time…i’m sure its online and ive got the internet!

  20. chris_thebassplayer says:

    I would rather not see him get back on for the first time with the full side in a cup game, even in a cameo. High risk trying to temper the adrenaline and competitive drive in a tooth and nail elimination game.I don’t like it, I’d rather see a more measured approach.

  21. Gill King says:

    Rah Rah for Stuart! Let’s unharness the shackles, and let him go full out. Either he’s fit or he’s not and there’s only one way to tell.

    Can you just imagine a fit and healthy SH beside say M.Bradley? How much does that improve our distribution/service!
    Go Stuart, it’s such great news to now have a viable hope for your full return.