Dave Jones has assured USA team manager Jurgen Klinsmann that Stuart Holden will be ready for World Cup football this summer.
Jones hopes to extend Holden’s loan from Bolton - which would add to his growing match fitness, aid the Owls’ cause and help him to prepare for a busy summer with his national team.
But Bolton may want him back and it could be a farewell appearance by him for the Owls against Ipswich tomorrow as his one-month loan deal draws to a close.
Former Spurs and Germany star Klinsmann rang Jones to check on Holden’s progress.
The Owls manager said: “Of course I want to keep him; he’s a quality player and he’s getting stronger with every game.
“The USA have a lot of games coming up in the summer. It’s whether he’s ready for that, which he is; I told Jurgen that.
“Stuart is coming coming back from a long-term injury and that’s always difficult. But he’s getting there.
“He’s an important player to the USA; he’s one of their top players.”
America have eight games this summer: a mixture of World Cup qualifiers, Gold Cup ties and friendlies.