Afternoon Ticker: Holden sets Bolton return, Champions League rewind and more

Afternoon Ticker: Holden sets Bolton return, Champions League rewind and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Holden sets Bolton return, Champions League rewind and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden is still recovering from the nasty fibula injury he suffered back in March, but the Bolton Wanderers midfielder has set his sights on a return date.

Holden is planning to resume full training in two weeks, and is targeting to return to action for Bolton's final two games of the season, at Tottenham on May 1 and vs. Birmingham eight days later.

If Holden makes his scheduled return he may have to help Bolton avoid relegation. The club currently sits in 15th place, but is only five points shy of the drop zone.

Here are some more stories from Tuesday:

Inter, Barcelona win to setup dream semifinals match

Inter Milan and Barcelona have setup a mouth-watering UEFA Champions League semifinal match as the two clubs cruised through the second legs of their respective quarterfinal games on Tuesday.

Inter reached the final four of the tournament for the first time since 2003 with a 1-0 win (2-0 on aggregate) against CSKA Moscow. Wesley Sneijder scored a free kick just six minutes into the match, setting the tone for Inter's advancement.

Barcelona thrashed a weakened Arsenal 4-1 (6-3 on aggregate) with all four goals coming from Leo Messi. After falling behind to a Nicklas Bendtner goal, Barcelona saw Messi's magic lift the club with a hat-trick before the end of the first half. Messi would go on to add another goal two minutes from the final whistle.

Barcelona and Inter played twice in the group stages of the Champions League, with a scoreless draw preceding a 2-0 Barcelona victory at home.

Inter will host first leg of the semifinal on April 20 at the San Siro. The return fixture at the Camp Nou will be played on April 28.

Robben deems himself fit for Manchester test

Arjen Robben has made Bayern Munich's trip to England for the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester United, and the Dutch international believes he will be fit enough to play in the matchon Wednesday. Robben missed the first leg with a calf strain, but has returned to training and looks poised to help Bayern Munich protect its 2-1 advantage.

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What do you think of Holden returning for the final two games of the season? Think it's too short for him to regain fitness and sharpness? Who do you see winning between Inter and Barcelona? Taking the over or under on Robben getting injured in first 15 minutes of Bayern-United match if he plays?

Share your thoughts below.

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