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SHEFFIELD, England -- American midfielder Stuart Holden is temporarily switching between English second-tier clubs Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday to regain match fitness.

The 27-year-old is joining Wednesday on loan until April 24 and could make his debut against Barnsley on Saturday.

Holden has not played since Feb. 26, when he made his first league appearance following a knee injury that required nearly two years of rehabilitation.

"This is an opportunity for Stuart to go out and get games," Bolton manager Dougie Freedman said. "This is the next step in his rehabilitation process, and he'll come back to us match fit."

Although Holden's Bolton contract expires at the end of the season, he has been assured of his future at the club.

"I informed him that we want him with us next season and have offered him a contract extension," Freedman said.

Holden, a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team, injured his right knee during a challenge from Manchester United's Jonny Evans in a Premier League match on March 19, 2011. Holden returned from surgery to play in a League Cup match that September, then had another operation on the same knee eight days later.

He made his return to the field this Jan. 15, when he came on as a substitute during an FA Cup replay against Sunderland and entered in the 81st minute as Bolton was eliminated by Everton in the fourth round nine days later.


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