Emmerdale to update fans on David Metcalfe with big news next week

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Emmerdale provides an update on David Metcalfe next week as Jacob Gallagher and Victoria Barton are both left upset by his latest decision.

The show rules out any hope of an imminent return for David when Jacob receives news that he's never coming home.

David left the village in November after discovering that Jacob and Victoria had started a relationship behind his back.

Feeling betrayed by his son and his ex-girlfriend, David dramatically cut ties with them both.

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An opportunity to leave soon presented itself when David learned that his young daughter Amba was struggling at her new school in London. He decided to go and stay there for a while so that he could be closer to Amba and provide support.

Jacob is upset when he learns that David now doesn't plan to return, which seemingly shuts the door on any chance for them to reconcile.

Victoria is also affected by the news as she struggles with her guilt over what happened last year.

It's a tough moment for Victoria as she realises that her pursuit of happiness with Jacob has made so many other people unhappy. Can she stay with Jacob in good conscience after this?

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David's emotional exit was written in when Matthew Wolfenden, who played him, decided to leave Emmerdale after 17 years.

News of Matthew's departure was revealed in August last year and he later landed the lead role of Buddy in stage musical ELF over Christmas.

In a chat on This Morning about his decision, Matthew commented: "It feels like the right time. The door's left open, they're not killing me off, I've been promised. I'm allowed to tell you that. So who knows, I might be back, we will see."

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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