Sheffield Wednesday: USA can rely on Holden

Stuart Holden is an important part of Jurgen Klinsmann's plans
Stuart Holden is an important part of Jurgen Klinsmann's plans

Dave Jones has assured USA team manager Jurgen Klinsmann that Stuart Holden will be ready for World Cup football this summer.

Jones hopes to extend Holden’s loan from Bolton - which would add to his growing match fitness, aid the Owls’ cause and help him to prepare for a busy summer with his national team.

But Bolton may want him back and it could be a farewell appearance by him for the Owls against Ipswich tomorrow as his one-month loan deal draws to a close.

Former Spurs and Germany star Klinsmann rang Jones to check on Holden’s progress.

The Owls manager said: “Of course I want to keep him; he’s a quality player and he’s getting stronger with every game.

“The USA have a lot of games coming up in the summer. It’s whether he’s ready for that, which he is; I told Jurgen that.

“Stuart is coming coming back from a long-term injury and that’s always difficult. But he’s getting there.

“He’s an important player to the USA; he’s one of their top players.”

America have eight games this summer: a mixture of World Cup qualifiers, Gold Cup ties and friendlies.