In his return to first-team duty from a knee injury, American midfielder Stuart Holden played all 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-0 victory at Aston Villa in an English League Cup third-round match Tuesday.

According to Bolton’s match report, he played an indirect role in the first goal.

Holden, 26, who is expected to play a prominent role for the U.S. national team in the current World Cup cycle, was injured last March against Manchester United (26 stitches to close a gash, torn ACL).

American goalkeeper Brad Guzan was in the 18 for Villa and didn’t play. Defender Eric Lichaj wasn’t included on the game-day roster.

Meantime, forward Robbie Findley scored from 25 yards — his third goal in his past four appearances — as Nottingham Forest fell at home to Newcastle, 4-3, in extra time. Findley played all 120 minutes and scored in the 46th, tying the match at 1-1.

From The Guardian:

There seemed little danger when Robbie Findley picked up the ball 30 yards out but no Newcastle player closed him down and the United States striker was allowed to stroll forward and unleash a spectacular drive past Robert Elliot.....

For the list of Americans in Wednesday matches.....

GK Tim Howard and Everton vs. West Brom (League Cup)

GK Quentin Westberg and Evian at Marseille

D Clarence Goodson and Brondby at Elite (Danish Cup)

D Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland at Hjorring (Danish Cup)

D Ryan Miller and Halmstad vs. Malmo

MF Michael Bradley and Chievo vs. Napoli

MF Clint Dempsey and Fulham at Chelsea (League Cup)

MF Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht at Lommel (Belgian Cup)

MF Jonthan Spector and Birmingham at Manchester City (League Cup)

MF Conor O’Brien and Sonderjyske at Svebolle (Danish Cup)

F Eugene Starikov and Tom Tomsk at Rostov

D Carlos Bocanegra, MF Maurice Edu, MF Alejandro Bedoya at Falkirk (Scottish League Cup)