“Heartbreak” ahead for Alicia and David, warns Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson

It'll be "a very rocky road" for the Metcalfes over the coming months

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Natalie Anderson has revealed that the Metcalfes’ marriage will be sorely tested in the run-up to Alicia’s exit from Emmerdale.

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“We know whichever way Alicia leaves, there’s going to be some sort of heartbreak,” says the actress. “And potentially a new chapter for her.”

Alicia has recently made a temporary return to the village as husband David helps his grieving dad Eric in the wake of Val’s death.

But will David be able to go back to Portugal, where he and Alicia have been running a bar together? “It’s not going to be an easy route to her departure – for the whole of the Metcalfe family, it’s going to be a very rocky road over the next couple of months,” Anderson tells Inside Soap.

Anderson announced her departure from the ITV soap back in May, a decision that has left fans wondering what the future will be for Alicia and David.

Of the upcoming storyline, Matthew Wolfenden – who plays David – says: “It’s a very difficult time for David. He knows Alicia wants to go back to Portugal, but he and Pollard need her support right now, and she’s not giving it. He may be forced to choose…”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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