Holden closing on comeback

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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