Championship: Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is grateful to club for standing by him
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden is grateful to the club for backing him throughout his injury troubles.
Last Updated: 15/04/14 3:56pm
The 28-year-old recently suffered his second successive torn anterior cruciate ligament and has been restricted to just nine appearances in the last three years.
Holden has encountered a number of injury setbacks since initially suffering a fractured femur near his knee in March 2011.
The USA international wants to return to Bolton's midfield for the start of next season and repay the support of manager Dougie Freedman.
Holden told The Bolton News: "I feel grateful they've stuck by me and the coach has been fantastic.
"We have spoken a few times and he's said that if I'm going to give this a go then they're going to be there with me.
"That gives me the confidence in my training and everything I'm doing to get healthy, knowing someone believes in me that much and I don't want to let them down.
"I want to make sure I take my time and give my knee the time it needs to fully recover and make sure that when I'm back out there playing, I'm not just 99 per cent or 100 per cent. I want to be even better than that.
"I'm fully confident I can still get through this and get back on the field, not only to play a role for my club at Bolton but for the national team as well. My contract finishes in July but credit to the club."