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GRANT HOLT RULED OUT FOR NINE MONTHS

30 December 2014

Holt out for nine months due to serious knee injury.

Upon his return to Wigan Athletic following a loan spell at Huddersfield Town, Grant Holt will now miss nine months of football due to an injury.

Holt limped out of Huddersfield's 2-2 draw away to Rotherham United on Boxing Day, and scans have revealed the striker has sustained a serious knee injury.

On the news manager Malky Mackay said:

"Grant returned to us and needed a scan on a knee injury which has shown what we believe to be a cruciate injury.

"It's devastating news for the boy and we'll do all we can to get him back as quickly and as safely as possible."

Speaking exclusively following tonight's 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, Holt responded to the news, saying:

"Absolutely gutted is an understatement.  When I went off on Friday I didn’t think much of it because I carried on for another few minutes.

"To get the scan results and hear what the outcome was is bitterly disappointing.

"I think everyone knows I wanted to come back and show everyone what I’m about.  I think people saw that in me when I was out on loan, I was sharp and enjoying my football again, but yes, it’s a big low point at the moment."

Holt continued:

"Personally I just wanted to get back. I’ve had a bit of criticism from certain quarters whilst I’ve been here, but I wanted to show them what I’m about.

"It’s so disappointing because I wanted to come back and do my best for the bunch of lads in that dressing room, it’s a blow for me and a blow for the club because they expected me back and ready to play.

"At the moment it feels like this has kind of typified my career at Wigan, but I’ve got another 18 months here so I’ve got time to do it right."

With a lengthy recovery process ahead for Holt, he thanked his boss for the support given after such a blow.

"I spoke to the manager this morning at length, he gave me his sympathy and told me what he expects of me for the next nine months.

"It’s nice to be appreciated by the manager and all I can say is that I’ll keep myself in the best possible shape to get back.

"There are lots of good fitness and physio staff here who will look after me and make sure I’m in the best possible shape.

"It’s going to be a long road to recovery being out for nine months, but hopefully I can come back and prove myself for the club."

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