i can’t say i ever have, i’ve never had romantic feelings for any of my super close guy friends. although from what i’ve seen through a similar situation, there’s a few ways this could go.
he’ll tell you he doesn’t think of you that way, he’ll tell you he feels the same, or the thought of you two as a couple has never crossed his mind and he’ll start considering his feelings and whether or not it has potential.
obviously this is just my opinion and i can’t speak for your friend. but i think the best thing you can do it just let him figure himself out. for all you know he’s never even considered the idea of you guys in a relationship.
obviously you miss him and want the friendship regardless of your feelings, so although it’ll be uncomfortable for a while, this doesn’t have to cause you to give a up a close friend. i’ve seen people come back from this type of thing as good friends, with no awkward feelings. just be honest and ask the same of him. if he honestly has no romantic feelings for you, you have to let him know that it doesn’t affect your friendship.
sorry it’s taken me a while to reply to this, i wanted to sort out my thoughts before i even tried to respond.
i’m here if you need me. x.