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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

March 4, 2010
HOLD IT, HOLDEN
Broken leg sidelines midfielder 6 weeks


Stuart Holden will be sidelined up to six weeks with a broken leg suffered in the U.S.'s 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.
Stuart Holden will be sidelined up to six weeks with a broken leg suffered in the U.S.'s 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.
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U.S. Men’s international midfielder Stuart Holden suffered a fractured fibula in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Netherlands and will be out approximately six weeks.

Holden, who recently joined the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League, was injured when he was tackled by Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong in the 30th minute. Jong received a yellow card for the foul, while Holden had to leave the field and was replaced by DaMarcus Beasley.

"It's disappointing for Stuart because he has come into the team and done ever so well," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said on the team's website. "What we do know is he will come back bigger and stronger, but it is sad for him to miss out at this moment in time. He's come in with a real hunger and desire to do well for our club, and in the two games he's played, we've seen his quality."

Holden, whose contract runs through June 30, has impressed Bolton and Coyle enough that they want to extend the deal.

"We've already spoken with him and his representative to assure him he will be here for longer because of the belief I have in him, and the quality he has shown since he came to the club," Coyle said. "When we signed him, within the contract there was the option there to extend it further, which we will do. It augurs well for his future and that of the football club."
   
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