Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has expressed his confidence that they will be able to keep US international Stuart Holden despite the star struggling with several injuries in the last few years. The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the finest US international players, but he recently suffered yet another anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is recuperating from this injury, but his Bolton future still remains a major doubt since his contract runs out at the end of the season. The club are in debts of more than £ 150 million and the fact that they are closer to the relegation zone could spell trouble for the player.
Bolton will be unable to afford the player of Holden’s stature in the League One. However, Friedman, who is coming under increasing pressure says that the club is hoping to find a solution. The former Houston Dynamo man has been a Bolton Wanderers player since 2010. However, he has featured in only 30 matches for the club as he has suffered injury after injury. He recently had a short-term loan deal at Sheffield Wednesday where he made four appearances. There have been suggestions that Holden may return to MLS football, but the player is yet to make any comments on this prospect.
“I have spoken to Stuart and I will keep that conversation private on what I have said about next year. But what I said did ease him a little bit. I haven’t put Stuart under any pressure to play. It’s unfair for me, as coach, to do that because of what’s happened to him in the last couple of years. I wouldn’t rush him back or make him do extra as in most cases because that could be detrimental to his other muscles, not just the knee,” Bolton manager Dougie Freedman said.