Stuart Holden played his first league game in more than 23 months, coming on as a substitute for Bolton Wanderers in the first half of its 1-0 win over Peterborough United in England's League Conference.
When Holden was first sidelined with a knee injury in March 2011, Bolton was playing in the Premier League. But it has since been relegated and languishes in the middle of English soccer's second level. The U.S. international had played in a League Cup match in September 2011 before needing further surgery on his knee eight days later. His first game of the 2012-13 season came in an FA Cup replay on Jan. 15.
Bolton beat Peterborough on Craig Dawson's goal in the fourth minute to rise five places to 10th in the Championship.