The Corrie actor, 53, was spotted today loading the boot of his car at the home he shared with partner Louise Gibbons.
He has spent the past few days staying at a Holiday Inn close to the house.
The star, who plays Kevin Webster, spent last Thursday night in a police station on suspicion of assault but was released without charge.
Michael had dark circles under his eyes and struggled to raise a smile as he walked to a waiting car.
Earlier this week he was seen drinking alone at the hotel bar and having a cigarette outside.
This morning Michael was seen loading his bags and a black suit case into his Mercedes before driving away.
The Mirror claims he is staying at another property a few miles away.
He later joined pals at a pub in Salford, near Manchester, including on-screen daughter Brooke Vincent and other co-stars.
A source told the Mirror: “Clearly things are not good at the moment. He has been to-ing and fro-ing all week and he has turned up at this other place with bags.
“It doesn’t bode well. Let’s hope he can sort things out.”
The actor was treated in hospital after a 999 call at around 11pm from the house in Timperley, Gtr Manchester, he shares with Louise, 42.
It was reported that he fell down stairs.
Michael, who joined Corrie in 1983, told show bosses it was a “silly row that got out of hand” but faced crisis talks this week.
Louise is still wearing her engagement ring but has not spoken publicly about the incident or why Michael has been staying away from their house.
Michael has had a turbulent few years after battling alcoholism, bankruptcy and claims of child abuse but was later cleared.
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