American midfielder Stuart Holden is walking without crutches as he recovers from a broken leg.

The soccer player had surgery after his right leg was injured during a challenge by Nigel de Jong in the Americans' 2-1 exhibition loss at the Netherlands on March 3.

In his first season with Premier League club Bolton after leaving Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, the 24-year-old is expected to return to action next month as he tries to make the 23-man U.S. World Cup roster.

He wrote Friday on Twitter: "Good news, the CAST is off and I am walking without crutches."