Corrie Tracy ‘set for footballer affair’ as fans predict heartbreak for Steve

Coronation Street’s Tracy Barlow could be set to cheat on hubby Steve McDonald with a returning hunk on the spa.

The character, played by Kate Ford, has been a firm favourite on the cobbles since her debut back in 2002. Since then, she’s been involved in some of its biggest storylines.

Over in Weatherfield at the moment, she has recently had to support daughter Amy through a horrific rape ordeal. Amy was assaulted back in March by Aaron Sandford.

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But Tracy is now set for an explosive new story of her own, that would no doubt rock the cobbles. The florist could be starting up a fling with a new hunky character on the street.

On Christmas, Tracy is not impressed when she has to cook for ten people. Things then take an awkward turn when friction is caused between her and husband Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) by a joke about age-gaps in a relationship.

She pops over the flower shop to find a bottle of wine – but ends up serving former football star Tommy Orpington (Matt Milburn). The character is in the shop looking for a last minute gift for his mother.

Tracy is no stranger to cheating but could a new affair be on the cards for her and the the returning character? And to add more suspicion, Steve has recently confided in friend Tim about how Amy’s difficult year has affected his marriage with Tracy.

As fans will recall, Tommy was last seen on the soap in 2021. He was first introduced in 2016 after hiring Michelle Connor as a wedding planner. He then befriended Steve McDonald and Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine).

Corrie boss Iain MacLeod teased his return during a chat with The Sun in November. He said: "Well, you'll see him on Christmas Day. He, since leaving football, has made some bad business investments, not the least of which was opening a Tommy Orpington themed gourmet burger restaurant, which has been established on screen."

Fans also reckon Tracy and Tommy will be starting a new affair on the soap. On a Digital Spy forum, one person said: “Who do you think his new Lover will be?", as another immediately responded with: "It'll be Tracy."

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Other soap fans jumped in and agreed: "I like her and Steve together, but no doubt they can't have a marriage last long, so that'll need to be ruined."

Someone else echoed: “It's definitely gonna be Tracy. Not that it'll make a blind bit of difference as Steve will just take her back anyway. Rinse and repeat.”

A third fan added: "As soon as I opened this thread, I thought it could be Tracy after the spoiler pic yesterday and am glad that others seem to think the same otherwise Corrie surely wouldn't release a spoiler pic like that if it was just Tracy ordinarily selling Tommy flowers on Xmas Day."

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