Stuart Holden set to return Tuesday

Stuart Holden set to return Tuesday

Published Aug. 29, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

United States midfielder Stuart Holden is set to play his first match on Tuesday after almost six months out with a knee injury.

Holden announced on Twitter on Monday that he will play for Bolton's reserve team against Fulham in London. He tweeted: ''I'm buzzin.''

The 26-year-old Holden injured his left knee in March playing against Manchester United in the Premier League.

Holden needed 26 stitches to close a gash near his knee in a challenge from Jonny Evans.


Since joining Bolton in January 2010, Holden has made 28 league appearances for the Trotters, scoring twice during the 2010-11 season while featuring regularly in manager Owen Coyle's starting lineup.

A Scotland-born United States international, Holden was a member of the US team that competed in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Since his debut for the US in 2009, Holden has made 17 senior-level appearances for the national team, recording two goals, but in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Bolton's next Barclays Premier League match is on September 10 when they host league-leading Manchester United.

FOX Wire Services contributed to this report.