BOLTON, ENGLAND (AP) - Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is expected to be out for six weeks because he requires a follow-up operation on the knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for six months.
Holden needed 26 stitches following a challenge by Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in a Premier League match in March.
Holden made his long-awaited return on Sept. 20 in the League Cup against Aston Villa, but Bolton announced Wednesday that Holden will undergo a "routine follow-up procedure."
"It was looking likely that the operation could be scheduled for next summer, but after follow-up consultations with the specialists we have brought the date forward," manager Owen Coyle said on the club website.
As he prepared to have the operation on Wednesday, Holden described it as a "bit of a setback but better for long run."
"Obviously I'm disappointed as I've worked so hard the last 6 months, but in the grand scale of things it's only a minor blip," Holden said on his Twitter account.