The midfielder has once again aggravated his knee to cast a shadow over the USMNT’s Gold Cup triumph.
USA and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden could be out for an extended period of time after injuring his knee during his USA side’s 1-0 victory over Panama.
“We are very concerned about his situation,” USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in the postgame press conference to MLSSoccer.com, “It looks like a very serious knee injury.”
Holden looked to have damaged his knee following an awkward landing in just the 19th minute of the game following a challenge with Panama midfielder Alberto Quintero.
Throughout his career Holden has suffered an array of long-term injuries, with his knee being the most frequent source of trouble. The former Dynamo had only just returned from a previous knee injury which saw him play only 30 matches for his club side Bolton since 2010.
“He’s a good friend and he’s the soul of this team, he has been this trip. We’re bummed out for him.” said USMNT Gold Cup hero Landon Donovan.
Club and country will find out just how long they will be without the creative midfielder when the 27-year-old undergoes an MRI scan within the week.