Klinsmann wants Holden, won't rush his US return

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PARIS (AP) -- Stuart Holden says U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants him on the national team but won't rush him back after being out six months with a knee injury.

The midfielder tells The Associated Press that Klinsmann recently watched him play for Bolton's reserves and they spoke for 10 to 15 minutes afterward.

Holden says Klinsmann made it clear he is part of the coach's plans. Holden assumes he will not play against Honduras in Miami on Oct. 8. Three nights later, the Americans play Ecuador in Harrison, N.J.

Holden played for Bolton on Tuesday for the first time after six months out following surgery on his left knee. Bolton beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the League Cup.