In March of 2010 USMNT midfielder Stuart Holden had his leg broken by Nigel De Jong (how many times has that sentence been written during De Jong’s career?) during a friendly between the U.S. and the Netherlands. Holden was out of action for six weeks.
In March of 2011 his left femur was broken by Jonny Evans during a match between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers. The break and the later discovery of cartilage damage in his right knee turned a six month recovery process into a sixteen month recovery process.
In January of 2013 Holden returned to action with Bolton Wanderers.
In June of 2013 Holden tore the ACL in his right knee during a USMNT match against Panama in the Gold Cup.
Last week Holden returned to action as a member of Bolton Wanderers’ reserve team. He left the match after only 30 minutes with a knee injury.
Yesterday Bolton Wanderers announced that Holden had torn ligaments in his right knee and would be out of action for a period of six to nine months.
That’s pretty grim reading.
I’m not sure I have the the fortitude to contemplate what this latest injury means for Holden’s career, but there are a few things I do want to say.
First, Stu Holden has always seemed like the nicest guy to ever pull on a USMNT shirt.
Second, whatever your allegiances as a supporter might be, tip your cap to Bolton Wanderers. They’ve had ample opportunities to wash their hands of Holden during the course of the injuries detailed above, but the club have stuck by him- even signing him to a contract extension in between his first two injuries.
Finally, maybe send a tweet to @stuholden and let him know a lot of people are behind him just like his club has been.
Get well, Stu.