That is because when he played during Stoke's 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Saturday, the midfielder equalled Gary McAllister's record for most Premier League appearances by a Scottish player (325).
Most PL apps by Scots
|Gary McAllister||LEE, COV, LIV||325|
|Darren Fletcher||MUN, WBA, STK||325|
|Paul Telfer||COV, SOU||319|
|James Morrison||MID, WBA||311|
|Dominic Matteo||LIV, LEE, BLB||276|
Fletcher has caught McAllister after stringing together a remarkable run of consecutive matches in the top flight.
Saturday was the 102nd successive PL match in which Fletcher had played, the joint-fifth longest run by an outfield player in the competition's history.
If he were to break the all-time record for an outfield player, held by Frank Lampard, the 33-year-old would have to play in each of Stoke's next 63 fixtures; a run that would extend to Matchweek 36 of next season.
Most consecutive matches by outfield players
|Player||Team (in match)||Date of final match||Run of matches|
Brad Friedel remains the record holder for the most consecutive PL appearances including goalkeepers (310).