The veteran soap star, 88, who plays Ken Barlow on the cobblestones, asked for time after falling ill.
One insider suggested that it is “extremely unusual” for Bill to take time off work because he “loves” working on Corrie but “has found he has to listen to his own body.”
A source told The Sun: “The reason he has been able to work for so long and so passionately is that he has always looked after himself, and he still does, so he will come back as soon as that. will make sense. ”
They went on to say that its exit coincided with Covid, where some of the older actors were kept off the set.
The insider added, “But because he asked for a break, the writers had to frame a script around him to keep his character completely out of the way for a while.
“They already have ideas on how they’d like to bring Ken back later this summer – and everyone will be happy to see him and the rest of the cast together in one place again. ”
The Mirror has reached out to ITV for comment.
Bill was last seen in Corrie on March 10 and was reportedly reluctant to take time off and looks forward to returning later in the year.
It comes after Bill, who has appeared on the soap opera since its first episode in 1960, previously said he never wanted to leave the soap opera.
He said on the occasion of the soap opera’s 60th anniversary: “As long as I can do it and they want me, I’ll be there.
“Retirement is not on the radar at all, I have no plans for it.
“I don’t even like to think about how they would write Ken if I left, because I hope that never happens.”
* Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV