Stuart Holden’s injury nightmare just took another turn for the worse, as the U.S. international midfielder is set for yet another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The heart-wrenching news comes as somewhat of a shock, as the Bolton Wanderers midfielder was injured in a Premier League U-21 game last Monday and the extent of his injury hadn’t been disclosed by either Holden or his club since.
However on Tuesday Bolton sent out the following Tweet, which stated Holden “will be out of action for between six and nine months following an operation on the ligaments in his right knee.” The American midfielder had returned to the U.S. to get treatment on his knee following the incident, and silence over the past few days wasn’t deemed as good news for Stu.
Holden, 28, has had no luck with recent injuries as the man who made his name with the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer has been cursed with bad luck in recent seasons. Holden suffered his latest injury when playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in his right knee during the USA’s 1-0 CONCACAF Gold Cup final win over Panama back in July. The American midfielder had initially clutched his right knee, then hobbled off the pitch as Bolton played Everton in what was essentially a reserve team game.
His string of serious injuries date back to 2010 when Holden horrifically broke his leg while playing for the USA against the Netherlands but Holden still managed to make one appearance at the 2010 World Cup vs. England. However he then injured his left knee against Manchester United in a tackle with Jonny Evans in March 2011 which kept him out for over a year. Holden has had nothing but bad luck with his fitness since.
Below you can see the Tweet which confirmed Holden’s season is over, and will likely take up a huge chunk of his 2014-15 campaign.
Despite all of that, the energetic midfielder had stayed in and around the USMNT picture and trained with the squad as a guest player during the January camp in California earlier this year.
But any hope Holden had of getting himself fit and ready to try and compete for a last-ditch spot in Klinsmann’s U.S. national team camp for the World Cup this summer is officially over, as the hugely likable character will now spend more time nursing himself back to full-fitness following his latest devastating injury.
From all the folks at PST, get well soon, Stu.
Leicester City host Crystal Palace on Saturday at the King Power Stadium (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with both teams in fine form recently.
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Claude Puel has led Leicester to four consecutive wins and the Foxes have surged up the standings since he took charge in October with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in fine form.
Palace are unbeaten in six games, winning twice, as Roy Hodgson has turned them into an incredibly tough team to beat.
In team news Leicester bring in Demarai Gray for Shinji Okazaki despite the Japanese international scoring twice in the win over Southampton in midweek.
Palace bring in Martin Kelly and James McArthur for Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Luka Milivojevic.
“He’s a wonderful person. He’s got lots of titles, so maybe he can just leave this one to us.”
That’s Gremio youngster Luan after being told Real Madrid star and countryman Marcelo said he has a huge future in the game.
Luan and his teammates could make a lot more noise with a win in Saturday’s Club World Cup final against Real.
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Gremio edged Pachuca in extra time of its semifinal after Real came back to beat Al Jazira, and now hopes to become just the second non-European club to win the Club World Cup since 2007.
Brazilian clubs won the first three CWCs between 2000-06, but Corinthians claimed the lone Brazilian title since when it beat Chelsea in 2012.
Spanish clubs have won the last three finals, with Real sandwiching two around Barca’s 2015 win over River Plate.
The 24-year-old Luan won Olympic gold with Brazil in 2016, and has two caps with the national team.
They seemed like hits at the time, but some significant summer transfer buys are are struggling in the Premier League.
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Whereas Mohamed Salah, Nemanja Matic, and Alvaro Morata have been solid pickups, and even lesser moves like Kurt Zouma to Stoke and Grzegorz Krychowiak to West Brom have hit the spot, some purchases just have not panned out at their new clubs.
Some aren’t getting playing time, while others aren’t hitting their stride, but here are some moves which just haven’t paid off (yet).
Andre Gray, Watford — The striker has two goals and two assists, but has had problems keeping hold of the ball and has the same amount of goals as defender Daryl Janmaat and midfielder Will Hughes despite playing about 300 percent of their minutes.
Marko Arnautovic, West Ham — The ex-Stoke player was a menace in a midweek draw against Arsenal, but Arnautovic has managed just one goal for the Irons this season. That’s equal to his amount of red cards.
Renato Sanches and Roque Mesa, Swansea City — Sanches hasn’t been able to get into the squad despite being one of the more talked about loans of the summer; Mesa may be coming around in recent weeks, but was an unused sub or not in the squad in 10 of Swans’ first 13.
Jese, Stoke City – The Real Madrid attacker was almost certain to take time to adjust to the Premier League, but his match-winner against Arsenal on Opening Day remains his lone marker.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool — His deadline day move to join Liverpool, supposedly to play centrally, seemed a head-scratcher. He’s only recently seen consistent minutes in a more central role despite Liverpool having loads of problems there. Maybe that’s on Jurgen Klopp, but we’re still scratching our heads.
The LA Galaxy may be turning to its Cali Clasico rival for a new goalkeeper.
Reportedly denied in its pursuit of longtime Vancouver backstop David Ousted, the Galaxy are said to be close to scooping up thrice-capped USMNT keeper David Bingham from San Jose, according to ESPN.
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The deal would reportedly cost LA between $200,000 and $250,000 in TAM.
Bingham, 28, lost his starting gig to Clemson product Andrew Tarbell this season, and the latter looks intent on keeping the position.
The Galaxy have not had a long-term answer in goal since Jaime Penedo left the club in 2015 (though 24-year-old Jon Kempin showed some very good things last season). Bingham would be a fine addition for a Galaxy team that hemorrhaged the second-most goals in MLS.