Hero Robert to the res­cue Cor­rie

Robert saves Joseph from cer­tain death. but he has a life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion To deal with him­self… and he goes into melt­down!

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Robert Pre­ston’s been re­leased from prison and he’s in­vited his ever-sup­port­ive girl­friend, Michelle Con­nor, to be his part­ner in the Bistro.

But Robert also has a lump on one of his tes­ti­cles and, de­spite Michelle telling him to get it checked out, Robert’s in de­nial.

He’s even lied to Michelle and he told her he vis­ited the doc­tor and he sim­ply said he was suf­fer­ing from a groin strain.

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It’s Daniel Os­bourne who makes Michelle re­alise her fella’s not been very hon­est.

‘Con­cerned, Ken’s son tells Michelle that Robert never at­tended his ap­point­ment with the doc­tor,’ re­veals our Cor­rie in­sider. ‘So Michelle gen­tly ap­proaches Robert and she re­veals she knows he lied.

‘Robert re­fuses to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion, but Michelle makes him prom­ise to get the lump checked out.’

Mat­ters take a fright­en­ing turn, though, when young Joseph Brown sud­denly runs out into the road, straight into the path of the Bistro car.

As we can see from the pic­tures, hero Robert rushes into the road to save him! It’s ex­cit­ing stuff and Robert ends up in the hos­pi­tal af­ter he’s run over by the van and he ends up mo­tion­less on the cob­bles.

The good news is Robert is told he’ll make a full re­cov­ery from the ac­ci­dent. And while he’s re­cov­er­ing, Michelle over­hears his for­mer wife, Tracy Barlow, talk about how Robert hates hos­pi­tals since his dad died from can­cer.

‘The penny drops for Michelle, who re­alises why Robert’s in de­nial,’ adds our source. ‘She’s then more shocked when he con­fesses he found the lump weeks ago!’

Con­cerned Michelle de­cides to act. She uses the fact Robert’s an in­valid in

hos­pi­tal to her ad­van­tage and she ar­ranges an ap­point­ment with a urol­o­gist. He ad­vises Robert has a scan. But it’s not good news.

Our in­sider adds: ‘The urol­o­gist tells Robert the lump is most likely ma­lig­nant and they’ll have to re­move his testis.

‘Then the news gets even worse when Robert’s told he needs an op­er­a­tion as soon as pos­si­ble!’

Will the scared chef agree to it?

what next?

We’re told Robert hides the truth about the sit­u­a­tion from Michelle, which doesn’t sound like a good idea to us. Then he makes an equally daft de­ci­sion.

‘Des­per­ate to for­get all about his ill­ness, Robert heads to the casino,’ says our source. ‘Johnny Con­nor tags along with him and he’s there as Robert loses ev­ery penny he has on him at poker.

‘Johnny tries to drag him home, but Robert car­ries on…’

The last time Robert went to the casino, he had a dis­as­trous fling with Carla Con­nor, who was also prone to press­ing the self-de­struct but­ton.

Is Robert about to do some­thing equally wreck­less and risk his busi­ness? We can’t re­veal what hap­pens. When he comes home, though, he tells Michelle that he only lost £100. But has he lost a lot more? And will he face his fears and go ahead with the op­er­a­tion and be around long enough to face the con­se­quences if he has?

Watch out! Robert races into the road to get Joseph and Jake out of the path of the Bistro car…

Scared! Michelle stays by Robert’s side as Kate phones for an am­bu­lance Crunch! The car hits Robert and flings him to the cob­bles! Self-de­struct? Is Robert in trouble af­ter los­ing at poker in a bid to for­get his ill­ness?

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