Lloris keen for Dembele return

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris is eagerly anticipating the return of suspended midfielder Mousa Dembele who he says will add quality to the team.

Dembele has been on the sidelines after he was handed a six-match suspension for gouging the eye of Diego Costa last season.

"It wasn't an easy situation for Mousa, for sure. He trained hard in pre-season but was frustrated not to have the opportunity to compete and play games.But he is important for us and will add his quality," said Lloris.

The skipper is keen to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Monaco in the Champions League in midweek, when Spurs tackle Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

"We used to say that a big team doesn't lose twice in a row and we are a big team. That is important and it is important to bounce back."

Tottenham are keen to show they are among the elite in the Premier League according to the captain.

"We know we have great potential. It is a good opportunity to play Champions League and show in Europe Tottenham are growing up and going in the right direction.

"But we are aiming to do better than last season. We can always look forward as we are young with good potential but it is not enough to say it. We need to go out and show it.

"We started well in the Premier League and need to carry on — and hopefully we will bounce back in the Champions League. We have to show the right face of this team.

"Mistakes are part of football but it is the way you react with positivity after."