Bolton Wanderers have revealed that midfielder Stuart Holden will miss the next six months of the 2011/12 campaign because of cartilage damage.
The Premier League club made the announcement on their official website on Wednesday following a routine check-up on the knee injury that sidelined him for a similar period last season.
"Stuart Holden is set to miss six months of the season after a routine procedural follow up on the operation for his knee injury revealed cartilage damage," reads a statement on Bolton's official website.
The USA international suffered the initial injury during Bolton's clash with Manchester United in March this year and made his comeback only on September 20 when he featured against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup.
Holden is understandably disappointed at the news and wrote on his official Twitter page: "Floored, devastated, gutted, just a few words I can think of. I will continue to fight and I'm ready for another tough journey....."
Bolton manager Owen Coyle also expressed his frustration at the recent turn of events for the 26-year-old.
"It is a big, big blow for Stuart because he has worked so hard after he sustained the injury, but obviously the most important aspect is to ensure Stuart's well-being and that's what we are focused on," he said.
"He went in for the procedure this afternoon and it was picked up that cartilage was damaged and needed to be repaired, which has now happened, and we will now support Stuart as he begins his recovery."