Coronation Street viewers have been wondering for months when Norris Cole (played by Malcom Hebden) will return to Weatherfield.
And it seems his comeback appearance could be very soon according to his co-star Patti Clare, who plays Mary Taylor.
Patti alongside Paddy Wallace, who acts as Mary’s son Jude Appleton, joined Phillip Schofield, 56, and Rochelle Humes, 29, on This Morning earlier today.
Discussing their character’s storyline, Patti dropped a hint about how Norris could be appearing in upcoming scenes.
Patti explained how Norris was currently abroad, with Mary having make “several phone calls” to her dear friend during his absence from the Street.
But Phillip was keen to pin Patti down on the rumours surrounding Norris’ return storyline.
He asked “And Norris is returning from Peru – allegedly?”
“Allegedly,” she confirmed. “He’s in Peru at the moment, Mary speaks to him on the phone often.
“So there’s a faint sort of a whisper that he might be back, maybe next year?”
Norris was last seen leaving the Street in 2017 to go and visit friend Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire).
It came after actor Malcom suffered a health scare and extended his time off from the soap.
His return could come just at the right time, when Mary needs him the most.
Viewers already know Jude is set to leave Weatherfield, but whether or not he returns in the future, it has not been confirmed.
Discussing his exit, Patti explained how it would affect Mary.
“She’s starts questioning her actions,” Pattie began. “She immediately thinks ‘I’ve got to find him’ and she is persistent.”
According to the actress, Mary will “hunt” Jude down, although “there will be a few curves in the path”.
However, the storyline could take an surprising turn if Jude is the character who is going to be killed off.
The soap has teased a shocking death to be lined up over the festive period.
Jack P.Shepherd, who plays David Platt revealed the spoiler and said: “This year I think someone dies at New Year.”
Could Jude’s lies catch up with him and death be his punishment?
Coronation Street returns tomorrow at 7.30pm on ITV.