Stuart Holden was hoping to play a part against his former club in Houston tonight, but the Bolton midfielder has a problem, in that he is still recovering from a serious injury.

The USA international suffered an horrific leg-break against Manchester United in March following a challenge with Jonny Evans, and is scheduled for a return in October.

Holden, however, is in the States with the rest of the Bolton squad and is delighted to be back home in Houston, even if he can't take on the Dynamos.

“I know the boys have all been to America before but I don’t think any of them have been to Houston,” Holden said.

“It will be nice to show them a bit of my neck of the woods where I spent the majority of my life and a place that I still hold close to my heart.”

In terms of rehab, the 25-year-old is taking things slowly as he bids to return to action in the Barclays Premier League, having made quite an impact up until his injury.

Holden has assured Bolton fans he can't wait to pick up where he left off, although he isn't prepared to get ahead of himself just yet.




 

“There have been different phases of the rehab,” he added.

“I was on crutches and very limited in my walking but now I’m starting to do a little bit more.

“I’m working in the gym and doing a lot of exercises to strengthen my quads and take the pressure off my knee.

“It’s like somebody is dangling the carrot in front of me, with the end goal being back on the pitch. I can’t wait for that.

“I’m happy with my progress and taking it one step at a time.

“If it was up to me I would be back out there with the lads now but my body is telling me when I can and when I can’t.

“I’m doing everything I can to speed that process up, but I must let nature take its course.”

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