Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has confirmed that Stuart Holden is back in training with the first team.

The USA midfielder has had a torrid run with injuries of late which started when he seriously injured his knee in March 2011 but he is pushing for a comeback in the New Year as he steps up his rehab in full training mode.

"He is training with us on every second day. He is looking nice and fit and his sharpness will come," Freedman told the club's official website.

"He is such an enthusiastic lad and he is great to have around. I have tried to encourage Stuart to get around the place which is good for us.

"But we are still a couple months away from seeing Stuart, let's not kid ourselves, but we are looking forward to that."

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