The USA international suffered the initial injury against Manchester United back in March, and has been in a steady rehabilitation process following an operation.
He made a tentative return against Aston Villa on September 20th, however, due to cartilage damage, Holden faces another half year on the treatment table.
“Stuart Holden is set to miss six months of the season after a routine procedural follow up on the operation for his knee injury revealed cartilage damage,” a statement on The Trotters official website reads.
The 26-year-old is obviously disappointed with the setback, and vented his frustration on Twitter.
“Floored, devastated, gutted, just a few words I can think of. I will continue to fight and I’m ready for another tough journey,” he wrote on the social networking site.
The news will be a blow for manager Owen Coyle, who is under pressure after a very slow start to the season at the Reebok Stadium.
“It is a big, big blow for Stuart because he has worked so hard after he sustained the injury, but obviously the most important aspect is to ensure Stuart’s well-being and that’s what we are focused on,” the Scottish coach stated.
“He went in for the procedure this afternoon and it was picked up that cartilage was damaged and needed to be repaired, which has now happened, and we will now support Stuart as he begins his recovery,” he concluded.
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