Holden and Vela come through first game back from injury

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

Stuart Holden came through tonight's first game back after 15 months out injured.

The American, who has made only one appearance in the last 22 months, played 65 minutes for the development squad in a 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in the Manchester Senior Cup on his return from a knee injury.

And double good news is that fellow midfielder Josh Vela also emerged unscathed on his first appearance back after four months out injured.

He played 80 minutes and, like Holden, showed no reaction to his injury.

After seeing Holden's return, Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman said: "It was great to see him out there. To get 65 minutes, we are very pleased, and a very good 65 minutes at that.

Wanderers' win came courtesy of goals from Jack Sampson, Chris Lester and Tom Eaves.

Read the full interview with Freedman on Holden's return, more on the American midfielder's current stage of recovery and news of an imminent signing in Tuesday's Bolton News.

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