Terrible news. Bolton's American talisman, after one game back, a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in which Holden was every bit the puppet master he had been before his injury, has to have another surgical procedure on his knee, sidelining him for six more weeks.
Now it is true that Bolton have had a shocking schedule to start the season. They have already faced Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, with Chelsea to come this Sunday. But the fact remains, they are bottom of the table, with three points from six matches. I believe, partially because of the fixtures played thus far, Wanderers can recover from this. But a healthy Stuart Holden (not to mention a healthy Lee Chung-yong) is critical to any grand revival. In his absence, it may be time for a change of system and personnel. My proposal;
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