By FRANCO PANIZO
With his road to recovery now complete, Stuart Holden has his sights set on regaining his starting spot with Bolton Wanderers and he might get a chance to stake his claim this weekend.
Having been rested for last weekend’s match against Crystal Palace, Holden will be available for selection when Bolton takes on Tim Howard and Everton in their FA Cup clash on Saturday. Trotters manager Dougie Freedman will have the final say on whether the 27-year-old midfielder makes his first start for the club since 2011, but if recent history is any indication, the Scotsman has plenty of confidence in the completely-healthy Holden.
Geoff Cameron is also set to partake in a high-profile FA Cup game this weekend. Cameron and Stoke City host Manchester City on Saturday, and the Potters will surely be tried and tested by a loaded Blues side that has won its last five games across all competitions.
Maurice Edu should also be in action on Saturday, as Bursaspor travels to battle Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK. Edu made his first start for the club in a cup match on Wednesday, and he could be in line for another 90-minute shift as Bursaspor looks to extend their eight-game unbeaten streak in league play.
Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Millwall in the FA Cup.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Borussia Dortmund.
Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play VVV Venlo.
Herculez Gomez, Hector Joya and Santos Laguna play Leon.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Tim Howard and Everton in the FA Cup.
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Burnley. (Packwood is out injured.)
Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United.
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Cordoba.
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Eintracht Frankfurt.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04. (Jones is suspended).
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play VfL Wolfsburg.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play SC Freiburg.
Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KSC Lokeren.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla play Cruz Azul.
Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Queretaro.
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Pachuca.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Atlas.
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Leeds United in the FA Cup.
Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Mallorca.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Bologna.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play CD Nacional de Madeira.
Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Olhanense.
Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Think Holden will start against Everton? Is there any chance that Cameron and Stoke knock off Manchester City?
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