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Coronation Street icon Bill Roache is reportedly hoping to return to the cobbles as early as next month after his coronavirus battle.
The soap actor, 88, is said to be “as fit as a fiddle” after fighting the potentially deadly virus.
Bill, who plays Ken Barlow on the soap, was reportedly forced to take time off from the ITV soap after becoming unwell in March.
But, it’s now understood he is close to making a comeback after the soap’s writers were forced to temporarily write him out of the show.
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A source has told The Sun Online: “Bosses told Bill to take as long as he needed, but he is already feeling loads better.
“He’s recovered remarkably well, is itching to get back and is hoping to return to the set by the start of May.”
They added: “Anyone else might have taken a lot longer to recover but, despite his age, Bill is as fit as a fiddle.
“He’s been resting up and following doctor’s orders and is grateful for all the support he’s had from the show.
“He’s also had loads of cards and letters from fans.
“Bill has really missed seeing everyone but now he wants to get back to doing the job he loves.”
ITV for comment declined to comment when contacted by OK! online.
Last month, ITV shared a statement following reports that Bill had been signed off sick.
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A spokesperson said in March: “Following recent reports about his health, William Roache has asked us to clarify that he took time off work after testing positive for COVID.
“He has recovered well and is looking forward to returning to the cobbles as soon as possible.”
It came after reports from The Sun that Bill reluctantly took time off the soap.
An insider told the publication: “For Bill to take time off is extremely unusual.
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“He loves work and he’s as passionate about being on Coronation Street as ever, but he realised he had to listen to his own body.
“The reason he’s been able to work for so long and so passionately is he’s always looked after himself, and he still does, so he’ll be back as soon as it makes sense.
“Obviously, his time off has coincided with Covid too, where a number of the older stars are being kept away from the set anyway to be on the safe side.
“But because he asked for a break, the writers had to formulate a storyline around him to keep his character out completely for quite some time.
“They already have ideas for how they would like to bring Ken back in later this summer — and everyone will be pleased to see him, along with the rest of the cast back together in the same place.”
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