QPR boss McClaren happy for Hemed to join Israel squad

QPR boss Steve McClaren says he is happy for Tomer Hemed to play for Israel despite him nursing a groin problem.

Hemed is due to join his country’s national squad, having missed the past three Rangers games.

But McClaren says the on-loan Brighton striker is almost fully fit and was close to returning to the R’s squad for Saturday’s win against Brentford.

“They want to call him up and have a look at him. We’ve no problem,” McClaren said.

“He’s very close to fitness – very close. It was 50-50 to put him on the bench. We decided not to because we didn’t want to risk it.

“He’s sensible enough that when he’s with Israel that he’ll do it right.”

Rangers will use the international break to further work on the fitness of the likes of Darnell Furlong and Grant Hall, who have been easing their way back after injury.

McClaren said: “We’ve got a few we need to (get fit).

“I need a breather after that and then it’s back to work from Wednesday on and then get prepared for Stoke. You can’t rest in this league.

“You’ve got to keep your feet on the ground. What got us here is hard work and focusing.”