Posted: Thursday April 5, 2012 3:00PM ; Updated: Thursday April 5, 2012 3:00PM

U.S. midfielder Holden to miss rest of PL season

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BOLTON, England (AP) -- American midfielder Stuart Holden will miss the rest of the English Premier League season because of the knee injury that has restricted him to just one game in the past year.

Holden has returned to training at Bolton following rehabilitation in the United States but manager Owen Coyle says the club will fight relegation without one of its key players.

Coyle said Thursday "he is such a bubbly and infectious character we have missed him ... but he won't be fit for this season.''

Holden hurt his right knee in a challenge by Manchester United's Jonny Evans in a Premier League match on March 19 last year.

Holden returned for a League Cup match against Aston Villa on Sept. 20, then had surgery eight days later to repair cartilage damage. He has not played since.

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