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Coronation Street: Michael return in 2014

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018.JPGIt is being reported that Michael Le Vell will return to the Street in 2014, not in a spectacular Christmas storyline as previously hoped.

It is currently being anticipated that the actor, recently cleared of a string of sex charges, will not appear back on the cobbles until around February.

There are some concerns over Michael's boozy lifestyle, with the self-confessed alcoholic having supped up to 12 pints a night for 30 years. He is currently being offered counselling to curb his drinking though he has resumed his habit since the trial two weeks ago, according to other regulars in his local.

One recently tweeted from the Railway Inn in Hale, Gtr Manchester: "In pub in Hale stood next to Michael Le Vell #randomnamedrop."

Another local said "a pint of lager never left his hand" as the actor and girlfriend Blanca Fouche the night laughing with people in the pub's smoking area.

A source at Corrie has reportedly said:

"Christmas storylines are written. We work months in advance and are mapped out until February. Kevin Webster will not be returning before then"

"The scriptwriters will decide when and how best to re-introduce Kevin."

Corrie bosses have insisted Michael's delayed return was entirely due to storylines rather than his drinking, though they have refused to comment on whether they would offer counselling to Michael, who has twice sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous.

Le Vell is also in the centre of a bidding war between rival TV programmes to tell his story.

This Morning and Daybreak tabled bids for the actor along with Channel 4, but sources say Piers Morgan is set to sign him up for his Life Stories show.

Morgan's previous interviewees have included ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Street legend Julie Goodyear.

An ITV source said:

"Nobody can begin to imagine the year of hell Mike has had. He can now shout from the roof tops that he is an innocent man. ITV are keen to make sure that's done on their channel.

"He is being offered well into six figures to tell his story and we're pretty sure it's a done deal.

"It's a huge coup for the show and they know it's going to be a big ratings winner."

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