Alan Hutton says that the return of Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris is “massive” for the remainder of the club’s season. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Spurs and Scotland right-back claims the goalkeeper could help solve Jose Mourinho’s defensive woes, despite a poor run of form prior to his injury layoff.

Lloris, who returned to action against Norwich last week, required surgery after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the club’s 3-0 loss to Brighton at the Amex Stadium in October.

Paul Gazzaniga had taken the starting role between the sticks and while Hutton thought he did well, admits Lloris will always be first choice.

When asked how big an effect the France international’s return to fitness could be for the Lilywhites, Hutton told Football Insider: “Massive. He is a World Cup winner and their captain. He is the main character in the dressing room.

“He had a sticky period just before the injury. He has had a bit of time out so hopefully, he can make them solid again.

“I thought Gazzaniga came in and did well. He will be disappointed that he is not still playing but Hugo Lloris is number one. When he is fit he is going to play. Hopefully, he can get back to his top form and help them be solid again.”

Since Mourinho’s appointment, Spurs have struggled for clean sheets, keeping only two in 16 games, conceding a total of 22 goals.

With the North London side currently 6 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, the ex-Manchester United boss will hope the return of the World Cup-winning captain can help his side finish in the Champions League places come May.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has urged the club to steer clear of signing winger this January.