Sharon Rickman is set upon by thugs and viciously beaten at the Albert just hours after dismissing the club security Phil hired in EastEnders.

As she’s closing up, masked men accost her in the bar while Johnny, who she’s just appointed club manager, is upstairs. When he hears the commotion he cowers rather than descending to confront the attackers.

Later he’s hailed a hero by the Carters as Sharon is rushed into surgery at hospital. Will she survive? Will Johnny admit his act of cowardice?

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