Coleman: I’ll sort this out

Stuart Holden believes he will be ready to make a return to

competitive action with Bolton in the New Year.

The USA international has endured a wretched time with injuries,

with knee problems having restricted him to just one League Cup

outing in over 18 months.

Holden believes he has got to the bottom of a niggling ligament

complaint and is closing on a return to full match fitness.

He will not be rushing his way back into Bolton’s bid to secure

an immediate return to the Premier League, but is confident he will

come back into contention in early 2013.

“The first team is the main goal, I don’t want to play in the

reserves for the rest of the year,” Holden told Sky Sports.

“It’s more to get fitness and to get some game sharpness,

because when you have been out for a while you lose a little


“I have been doing all the work that I can, extra running, and

doing well in the training but nothing replicates being in a


“We are probably looking in the New Year.

“I have been so hesitant to put a timescale on things because of

how the last 14 months have gone. There have been so many ups and

downs, when I think I’m there I’m not quite there and this time I

know that I am there but I want to make sure I don’t go back two

steps again. Slow and steady wins the race and I will be back to

full fitness before I know it.”

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Dale conceded three first-half goals for the third game in

succession on Saturday as they went down 4-2 at Aldershot – a

fourth straight defeat.

Coleman invited fans along to his office on Monday for a “meet

and greet” to air their views and the former Accrington manager

insists he is the man to turn the Spotland club’s fortunes


“I have an unshakeable belief in my own ability,” he told the

Manchester Evening News.

“I know I am a good manager and I know I have been through

adverse times before and fought through.

“I certainly will not be hoping someone else will come and sort

the problems out for me – I’ll sort them out myself.”