When the news broke this morning that Stuart Holden would be out for six weeks following routine surgery to check on the damage caused by Jonny Evans studs last season, Bolton Wanderers fans were understandably gutted. The midfield dynamo did so well to return against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup. The six week setback seems so minor now that the club has broken the latest bit of news. Stuart Holden will miss a grand total of six months and Bolton will be without two of their key midfielders as Chung-Yong Lee still has a long way to go.
During the routine surgery that was moved up from the summer, the doctors found cartilage damage in Holden's knee that had to be repaired immediately. The surgery will force the young midfielder to sit on the sideline for six months. Holden has not had good luck with injury in his career as his injury rundown isn't pleasant to say the least. A broken eye socket, broken leg, damaged knee ligaments, and now cartilage damage.
Owen Coyle's thoughts on the injury:
"It's a big blow for Stuart because he has worked so hard after he sustained his injury.But obviously, the main thing for us is to ensure his well being. He went in for the procedure and it was picked up that the cartilage was damaged and needed to be repaired, which has now happened. We will now support Stuart as he begins his recovery."