Holden will be ready
USA midfielder Stuart Holden is confident he will be back to full fitness in time for the World Cup finals.
Last Updated: 26/05/10 9:21pm
USA international Stuart Holden is confident he will be back to full fitness by the time the World Cup finals get underway.
The Bolton midfielder feared he would miss the showpiece occasion at one stage, with a fractured fibula sidelining him at just the wrong time.
He has, however, been able to put himself back in contention and was named in America's 23-man squad on Wednesday.
His inclusion in the travelling came just hours after he completed the full 90 minutes in a 4-2 friendly defeat to Czech Republic.
That outing enabled him to prove his fitness to national coach Bob Bradley and he is confident there is still much more to come from him before the United States meet England on 12th June.
"It was a big step forward for me," Holden said of his appearance against the Czechs.
"With my rehab it was always important for me to get a game and I got that with Bolton at the end of the season as a substitute (in a 2-1 win over Birmingham on the final day).
"It's just a case of getting more games under my belt and improving my fitness.
"I don't think I'm far away, to be honest."
Holden admits he started to fade towards the end of his latest appearance and accepts that he still has a lot of work ahead of him.
He added: "This was my first 90 minutes in probably three and a half months and at the end of the second half my legs got a little bit tired. I was a little lackadaisical on set pieces but that's something I'll focus more on.
"I started to tire in maybe the 75th minute and on a hot night when the Czechs were passing the ball around we were doing a lot of running. I'll have heavy legs now but I'm pretty close to match fitness."