Holden set for start
Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is expected to make his debut in the fifth-round replay at Tottenham.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 24/02/10 9:59am
Bolton new-boy Stuart Holden is expected to make his debut in Wednesday night's fifth-round replay at Tottenham.
The American, who is hoping to secure a place in the USA's World Cup squad this summer, has yet to feature for the Trotters since joining from Houston Dynamo in January due to injury.
It is not the first time injuries have hampered the 24-year-old's time in English football, after a short period at Sunderland in 2005 was cut short when he was injured outside a bar in Newcastle.
"It was an unfortunate incident. It set me back a little bit and put me out for a couple of months," he said.
"It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to come back and play over here."
Holden, who was born in Scotland and moved to the States at the age of 10, admits that he could have taken the easy option by staying in the MLS to go to South Africa with the national team.
However the challenge facing the Lancashire club of avoiding relegation was something the midfielder felt would benefit his career.
"I could have taken the easy route, spent six months playing every game at Houston and if I'd been playing the way I had, then I would have probably been going to the World Cup," he said.
"But in terms of my career, I didn't want to make a decision based solely on one World Cup.
"I'm here on a short-term deal but I have come to contribute, and hopefully be here for years to come."