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Coronation Street sets up Linda's return as Izzy dreads her arrival

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Linda Hancock's Coronation Street return storyline is under way, but not everybody seems happy about it.

Friday's episode (May 12) set up Linda's comeback as Gemma Winter realised that she hadn't been included on the wedding guest list.

Gemma is due to tie the knot with Chesney Brown in a couple of weeks' time and sought help from Izzy Armstrong with the preparations.

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After finding a wedding dress in a charity shop, Gemma asked Izzy for help turning it into something amazing. Izzy agreed, pointing out that they're "practically family".

Izzy's mum Linda is the grandmother of Chesney's eldest son Joseph. Joseph's mother Katy – Izzy's sister – died off-screen in 2017.

Gemma felt guilty after Izzy's reference to family, remembering Linda at the eleventh hour. She suggested inviting Linda to the wedding and Chesney agreed.

Although Gemma believed she was doing a nice thing, Izzy wasn't too pleased when she found out that Linda was heading over from Portugal.

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Izzy complained: "Why did you have to invite me mam to the wedding? So no-one considered me in this situation? She's coming on Monday and she wants to stay with me until the wedding.

"I love me mam and all that, but I'm not sure I've got two weeks' worth of love in me."

Joseph's other grandmother Bernie was equally livid over the news, remembering her rivalry with Linda last time she was in town.

Bernie moaned: "It's what you've always dreamed of, isn't it Gemini? A stuffy-nosed, power-dressing, snob on a gob coming along and ruining your big day."

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Earlier this week, Corrie bosses officially confirmed Jacqueline Leonard's return to the role of Linda.

Jacqueline Leonard appeared as Linda for the first time in 2015, when she joined the show for a guest stint.

She returned in 2022 for a storyline which saw Linda suggest that Joseph should move to Portugal with her.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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