Date: 14th March 2014 at 11:38am
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Not for the first time, and probably not the last either, Dougie Freedman has again ‘assured’ Stuart Holden that his future doesn’t necessarily lie away from Bolton.

With Holden potentially facing not playing again this year, if again, a decision needs to be made on his Bolton future with his contract expiring at the end of the current season. Freedman has already said that he sees him having a future at the Reebok Stadium with him ‘always welcome’ under his leadership.

The Bolton boss has been quoted on sky sports as saying: ‘Stuart, first and foremost, has his operation to deal with. Then when he deals with the operation we’ll see where we go from that.

‘It (his contract) is not something that’s top of Stuart’s list. He’ll be back here for pre-season and hopefully we see him here running around and then we can make a decision.

‘But if he wants to be, he’s always welcome here. As long as I’m the manager he’s always welcome here and he’s always going to be here. With the injury, we just need to make sure he’s right first.’

It might sound harsh but Bolton have to do what is best for Bolton and not necessarily what is best fro Holden. With his long-term injury record any would be contract, assuming he can recover from yet another knee injury, would have to be heavily stacked in the clubs favour and be performance based surely? Freedman is talking very positively but will the 28-year-old really be with the club next season?

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