Post by Lakeland Potter on Dec 12, 2005 9:29:14 GMT
It shouldn't do - it is the number of games HE plays in which counts. After all if the record were due to be broken in January whilst he is away in Africa would we say he had to start again when he came back? I don't think so.
It must not affect the potential record because there is nothintg he can do about it! But unless he continues the run for another few months (to make a world record) the chances are, the only people going to be bothered are the Stoke fans in which case it's up to us how we interpret it.