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Holden diagnosed with torn ACL

CHICAGO – United States international midfielder Stuart Holden has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee following an MRI evaluation Monday in Chicago.

Holden will consult with the medical teams of U.S. Soccer and Bolton Wanderers to formulate a treatment plan.

It was not immediately known how long Holden will be sidelined, but it will be for a minimum of several months with an ACL injury.

"We are absolutely devastated for Stuart," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. "He is such a great part of our team on the field and the locker room. He worked tremendously hard to recover from previous injuries and had really come back into form. He was fully prepared to head back to Bolton and challenge for a starting spot. Now he will have our full support as he goes down this road again, and we will be with him every step of the way."

Holden suffered the injury in the 18th minute of the Americans' 1-0 victory over Panama in Sunday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final. It turned out to be a non-contact injury as he tried to avoid a collision.

"We've got the scans and the results will be analyzed by our specialists," Bolton head of sports performance Mark Leather said. "We can then put an action plan in place over the next week to ten days when the initial swelling reduces."

Holden, who turns 28 on Thursday, recently had returned to the national team, making his first appearance in more than two years when he entered as a substitute against Belgium on May 29.

Twice before Holden had battled knee injuries that kept him on the sidelines.

"I will rise again!" Holden tweeted on Monday after the announcement. "Big love and thx to all the Bolton Wanderers and US soccer supporters, we will conquer once more. Lets do this #noholdenback."

In 25 career international appearances, Holden has scored three goals, all of them in Gold Cup play.

 
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