Emmerdale scene suggests star won't be back any time soon

Emmerdale has aired a scene which suggests that David Metcalfe won’t be back on our screens any time soon.

The character, portrayed by Matthew Wolfenden, has been absent for a number of months now, after he vanished in episodes which came after the October stunt week – which he featured in heavily.

It was later revealed on-screen that David and new girlfriend Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) had gone on a last minute holiday to Portugal to visit Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen).

Subsequent scenes confirmed that the lovers’ trip would be longer than they initially intended, as they had decided to extend their vacation beyond the festive season.

But Thursday’s (December 16) edition of the ITV soap implies that it might be quite some time before David makes his return.

Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant), as viewers know, has been helping to run the shop in his dad’s absence, and a recent scene saw Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) pop in to ask if he had any more wine on offer in store.

‘Call back tomorrow,’ he replied.

‘Dad will have called in with another offer by then.’

Dawn, interested, asked him how he was coping without David.

Jacob responded: ‘I need to get someone else in,’ which certainly hints at the fact that David might not be back for a while yet.

It was recently revealed that Matthew and co-star Isabel Hodgins have been absent from filming over an alleged row on set.

Emmerdale fans had wondered if Matthew would be taking a longer break than expected due to his new look.

The actor showed off his new closely shaved hairstyle in recent snaps, which he has also bleached blonde, on Instagram.

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