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Clemson's Holden closer to making debut in England

U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, a former Clemson player, is set to resume light training as he recovers from a thigh injury sustained after joining Bolton. Bolton needs Holden to helps its battle against relegation.

Holden accepted that it was a "risk" joining Bolton on a deal until the end of the season.

"I could have taken the easy route, spent six months playing every game at Houston," he said. "And if I'd been playing the way I had, then I would have probably been going to the World Cup.

"But in terms of my career, I didn't want to make a decision based solely on one World Cup. It's a decision that affects the next few years of my life. It's the next step and I'll never look back and have any regrets." ...

American midfielder Jose Francisco Torres has an injured right hamstring and could be sidelined for a few weeks with his Mexican club team, Pachuca. Torres is expected to be in the mix for a spot on the U.S. team for this year's tournament in South Africa.

- The Associated Press