A transfer deal and a hectic fixture schedule has left Chile without stars Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas going into this week's Lunar New Year Carlsberg Cup tournament. Salas is in the process of arranging a move from Argentinian giants River Plate and was excused from the South Americans' trip to Hong Kong. Inter Milan's Zamorano, who is on the mend from a series of injuries, is being given time to recuperate after Chile's gruelling World Cup qualifying campaign. Alfredo Asfura, head of the Chile touring party, said making sure Zamorano was fit for the World Cup was their chief priority. 'He has played a lot of games, during qualifying and in Italy . . . we want to make sure he is fully recovered before he starts playing,' said Asfura, shortly after the Chileans arrived at Hong Kong Football Club for a light workout last night. 'We need to let him get back playing for his club before we can select him for Chile and we think that will be soon. He might be able to join us later,' Asfura added. 'Salas is in the middle of a transfer deal right now, so we decided it was probably best to let him sort that out first. It's difficult to concentrate on football while you're arranging a new transfer,' he added. Elsewhere yesterday, Iran arrived in Hong Kong without three of the players who were so instrumental in guiding them to their first World Cup finals for 20 years. All three players - FC Cologne's Khodadad Azizi, and Arminia Bielefeld's duo of striker Ali Daei and midfielder Karim Bagheri - were unable to secure releases from Bundesliga duty to make the trip. Club commitments have also prevented a number of Nigeria's star players from competing in Hong Kong. The Africans also arrived without Legia Warsaw's Kenneth Zeigbo and Oberhausen's Edith Agoye. Zeigbo is attending his father's funeral, while Agoye is injured. Coach Bora Milutinovic, who was appointed late last year, said he was looking forward to his first match in charge. 'I'm so happy to be with the Nigerian team. It an honour to be with them and it's a big challenge for everyone. We have come with very good players and they might not be very well known now but after the World Cup, they will be known. 'The Nigerians are the Olympic champions and they have so many good results at youth level. We have come here to win.' Milutinovic played down the absence of so many European-based players and said it would not affect team tactics. 'The game is so easy. The ball is the same. The field is the same. Nigeria has so many good players and the biggest problem is who we will select for the World Cup. It's too soon to say who will be representing Nigeria for France. I am not a magician and I cannot predict who will be selected. 'This is the fourth team I have coached to the World Cup finals. I am happy Nigeria have gone through. They have the potential to become world champions. This is my dream . . . but it will be hard. Our World Cup group is very tough.'