Holden - No Evans blame

Trotters midfielder accepts United defender meant him no harm

Holden: Ruled out for six months

Evans sees red at Old Trafford

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Stuart Holden has spoken with Jonny Evans and holds no grudge against the Manchester United defender.

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The Bolton midfielder was on the receiving end of a full-blooded challenge from Evans during a Premier League fixture on Saturday.

The tackle earned the Red Devils centre-half a red card and led to Holden being stretchered from the field.

It has since been confirmed by the Trotters that the injury suffered by their United States international will keep him sidelined for up to six months.

That news means Holden's season has been brought to a premature end, while his international commitments with the USA this summer have also been shelved.

Sincere

It promises to be a long road back to full fitness for the 25-year-old, but he remains upbeat.

He has also been contacted by an apologetic Evans and accepts that there was no malice in the challenge which has left him facing up to knee surgery.

"Just had a sincere phone call from Jonny Evans wishing me the best in my recovery, def wasn't intentional, just unfortunate part of the game," Holden wrote on his Twitter account.

He is due to go under the knife in London on Monday, before setting out on the road to recovery.

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