There is another side to all this terrible Stuart Holden news: how it affects Bolton FC.
Holden’s best version could surely be performing in the Premier League. But given the tenuous state of matters in this ongoing recovery, and given the man’s loyalty to a club that brought him over and then stayed with him through the long recovery process, wanted to remain at the Reebok Stadium.
Whatever the injury is, Holden seems sure to miss this week’s opener for Bolton in the English Championship. While the big boys of the Premiership remain three weeks away from meaningful passing and trapping, the brutal slog of England’s second tier begins in six days.
In fact, Bolton plays in the association’s opener: Wanderers visit Turf Moor to face Burnley in the first contest for the 24-team field. Each club plays 46 matches. Throw in a couple of cup matches and possibly some promotion or relegation playoffs and … yes, as we said, a positively grinding slog of matches from here until next May.
Here’s hoping Holden will be a part of it as Bolton (with one-time U.S. international Tim Ream still on roster) tries to fight its way back up into the Premier League graceland.