Stuart Holden’s bad luck with injuries has reared its ugly head yet again, with Bolton announcing on Tuesday that the U.S. National Team midfielder will miss 6-9 months after undergoing knee surgery.
The news marks the latest in a series of injury setbacks for the 28-year old, who will be facing his fifth lengthy injury recovery in four years.
Holden’s latest injury came in a reserve match that marked his return from his most recent previous injury, a torn ACL suffered in last summer’s Gold Cup Final.
Holden’s latest setback means he will not be able to play for Bolton again until next season, as he will face a race against the clock to be healthy in time for the start of the next season for the Trotters.
The latest newest also closes the door on Holden’s chances of making the U.S. World Cup team. While he was already considered an extreme long shot, there was still the faintest of hope that he could recover in time to make a case for himself. The latest injury ends that hope.
Ever the optimist, Holden countered the injury news with an announcement of his own on Tuesday, revealing on Twitter that he is now engaged to his long-time girlfriend.