Bolton Wanderers' Stuart Holden Fractured Right Fibula While On USA Duty

Trotters' manager Owen Coyle laments midfielder's absence.

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has lamented the injury to recent recruit Stuart Holden, who sustained a fracture of his right fibula while on international duty with USA and is now unavailable to the Premier League side.

Acquired on a short-term deal until the end of the season, Holden had begun to be integrated into Coyle's first-team line-up with increasing regularity of late. However, following a clash with Manchester City and Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong, Holden faces a six-week spell on the sidelines.

"It's disappointing for Stuart because he has come into the team and done ever so well," Coyle is quoted as saying on FIFA's official website.

"He's a very good player, an international player, and he has shown a real hunger and desire to do well for our football club.

"In both games at Tottenham Hotspur and against Wolves everybody saw the quality that he has so it is a blow, but the most important thing is that he returns bigger and better."

Netherlands defeated USA by a 2-1 scoreline. Tireless Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt and AC Milan outcast Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck for the Oranje, while Carlos Bocanegra scored a late consolation goal for the States.

Holden is expected to recover in time for the USA's opening group game with England at the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.

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