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Holden faces another operation

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is set to miss the next six weeks because of another operation on his knee.

The USA international sustained ligament damage last March after a tackle from Manchester United's Jonny Evans, but after appearing in a Carling Cup match for Bolton recently, Holden needs more surgery on the knee.

"Our prime concern has always been Stuart's welfare and his long-term health and fitness," said Bolton manager Owen Coyle.

"It was looking likely that the operation could be scheduled for next summer, but after follow-up consultations with the specialists we have brought the date forward."

The 26-year-old joined Bolton from the Houston Dynamo in January 2010 and he became a consistent contributor last season for Wanderers before suffering the injury.

Holden scored two goals and assisted on two more in 26 games last season.