Les will return to Corrie having already signed a 12-month contract that will keep him in the soap throughout 2016.
And speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Les reveals that Michael's relationship with girlfriend Eileen Grimshaw will become rocky - and it isn't because of his ex Gail.
Les says: “It’s just a seven week sabbatical. I have a big storyline now which I start filming in January, which builds up to Michael leaving. His relationship with Eileen will become rocky because of someone else arriving in the street.”
See our list of other Corrie actors leaving the show, taking a break or joining the Street.
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