U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden has undergone surgery on his broken right leg.

Holden had a two-hour operation Saturday in the Manchester, England, area, during which doctors inserted a plate to cover the fracture in his right fibia, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Monday.

The 22-year-old, in his first season with the U.K. club Bolton Wanderers, was fitted with a cast and will be sidelined for about six weeks.

The timetable would allow Holden to return before the end of the Premier League season and be ready for the start of the U.S. national team's pre-World Cup training camp in mid-May.

Holden was hurt during a challenge by Nigel de Jong during the U.S.'s 2-1 loss in the Netherlands last Wednesday. The U.S. federation said Holden was "recklessly tackled."