Bradley offers Holden support

USA coach confident midfielder will return to best after injury

Holden: Tipped to bounce back

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USA coach Bob Bradley is confident Stuart Holden will be able to return to his best after his latest injury setback.

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Holden has been ruled out for six months after the Bolton Wanderers midfielder suffered a knee injury in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

The injury was caused by a lunging challenge from Jonny Evans, although Holden has absolved the United defender of any blame.

However, the injury still means Holden will miss Bolton's FA Cup semi-final against Stoke City and also the USA's Gold Cup campaign in the summer.

The 25-year-old recovered from lengthy absences earlier in his career and his national team coach Bradley has offered his support.

Mentality

Bradley said: "We all feel really bad for Stuart because obviously he got injured last year when we played Holland.

"Now he's had an excellent season at Bolton and is a player we see as being an important part of our team.

"We were looking forward to having him with us at 100% and confident.

"This is a setback but he's shown in the past the mentality to fight through these things. He knows we're all behind him."

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