Holden completes 90

American midfielder plays full game in behind-closed-doors outing at Euxton

Stuart Holden successfully came through 90 minutes of behind-closed-doors action on Tuesday afternoon, as the American continues to step up his rehabilitation work.

The 27-year-old has twice featured in the first team since returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, though was forced from the field of play following a robust tackle in last week’s under-21 match against Manchester City.

However, Holden completed the full 90 in a game at Euxton on Tuesday afternoon and speaking to bwfc.co.uk after the game was in good spirits.

“Things are going well,” he said. “The medical team have been keeping a real close eye on my progress. They have got me working to a very detailed and careful training schedule. 

“The only thing that hasn’t helped is the weather! I have had a few games that I was set to play in called off, so we have had to tweak the programme. 

“To play the full 90 minutes at Euxton was great, despite the conditions! It was another huge step forward for me. I felt good out on the pitch and to play the full game was great. Now I just want to keep on track and keep progressing.

“I have had great support from my family, friends and of course the club and supporters. The fans have been really good, sending me messages of encouragement and nice words when I am out and about, so again I would like to thank everyone for that.

“It was good to be involved in the first team games against Sunderland and Everton. The reception I got from the Bolton fans at both Sunderland and the Reebok was a really special moment for me – it was a great feeling.

“We are sticking to the plan and making sure all the boxes are ticked and that I am at 100 percent.”
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