Bolton loans U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden to Sheffield Wednesday
Big news this morning on U.S. international Stuart Holden, whose ongoing efforts to fight past injury and get his career moving again just took a fascinating turn.
Bolton announced via Twitter today that Holden has joined second-tier club Sheffield Wednesday. The loan deal lasts about a month, set to expire on April 24.
Holden has seen only sporadic action since getting back on the field for Bolton in January; his original injury traces back to March of 2011.
The two-way U.S. man got into a reserve match for Bolton back in early January. Not long afterward Bolton used Holden in an FA Cup contest as the Wanderers won over Sunderland. And then in late February he climbed a significant rung on the comeback ladder by getting into a league match for the first time in almost two years.
But regular work has been difficult to come by; Bolton FC is peddling mightily to get into the playoffs for promotion – most certainly a lucrative one – into the venerable Premiership.
Sheffield Wednesday is in fight of its own, currently one spot from the drop zone into third-tier soccer in England.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is clearly happy to have use of Holden, and could put him on the field as early as Saturday in a match against Barnsley. What Jones told BBC Radio Sheffield: “He just wants to get going again, that is the most important thing to him.... He’s quality on the ball, he’s got an eye for a goal and if hadn’t had the injuries he’s had then we wouldn’t have been able to get him.”