It's a gossip column. Take it with a tiny grain of salt.
Don't jump to conclusions because of this article. it's so early yet that I doubt anyone knows any solid information, and very likely this was something blown out of proportion to get attention.
If he does return, it could be in the form of a flashback. I remember going through this same thing with The Hobbit movies when it was leaked that certain characters in LOTR would be in it.