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Bolton, USMNT Midfielder Stuart Holden Diagnosed with Torn ACL

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Bolton player Stuart Holden in action during the FA Cup Third Round Replay between Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers at Stadium of Light on January 15, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Kevin LeeCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2013

Stuart Holden just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to injuries. The Bolton and U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee. 

Holden sustained the injury when he collided with Panama's Alberto Quintero during the USMNT's 1-0 Gold Cup final victory.

This is the 27-year-old's third major injury in three years. In March 2010, a challenge from Nigel de Jong in a friendly against the Netherlands broke Holden's right leg. A year later, a studs-up tackle from Manchester United's Jonny Evans resulted in an ACL injury.

Holden had to go through a lengthy 18-month recovery after that ACL injury due to the discovery of further cartilage damage. Just months after the long recovery, the midfielder managed to earn a starting spot on the US' Gold Cup roster.

With several strong performances throughout the Gold Cup, it would've been hard to imagine Holden not playing a role in the USMNT's September World Cup qualifiers.

Despite the devastating injury, Holden remains optimistic.

Now he faces another daunting road to recovery. A typical ACL injury can sideline players anywhere from six to nine-plus months.

With the World Cup beginning in June next year, it will be difficult for him to make a full recovery and earn a spot on the final 23-man roster. No injury or recovery has ever held Holden back, so don't count him out just yet.


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