China midfielder Li Xiaopeng suffered a broken nose in a training-ground accident, less then two weeks before the hosts play the opening match of the 2004 Asian Cup. The Shandong Luneng midfielder, who started the Chinese Super League season by scoring six times in his team's first six matches and added two more in last month's World Cup qualifier against Malaysia, was hurt in a clash with a teammate yesterday. 'It was two players who didn't see each other colliding,' said coach Arie Haan, who was returning from watching Group A opponents Bahrain play in Thailand at the time of the incident. 'He should be OK for the Asian Cup.' China will be counting their blessings if Li Xiaopeng does play through the injury. A similar training-ground accident prior to February's World Cup match in Hong Kong resulted in the broken leg that is still keeping Everton's Li Tie out of action. Haan declared himself impressed with Bahrain, who will be China's opponents in the curtain raiser for the Asian Cup in Beijing on July 17, after seeing them defeat the Thais 2-0 in Bangkok. 'They're a complete team,' the Dutchman said, after A'ala Hubail and Husain Ali Ahmed scored second-half goals to defeat the Thais, who have an ominous task in Group D where they'll face both Iran and Japan. 'Bahrain are not like an Arabian team. They're more European. They play quickly and have a very good counter attack.' Thailand have three more warm-up games before their opening match against Iran. Those include a game against Newcastle United on July 14. Tournament favourites Japan have announced that striker Tatsuhiko Kubo has withdrawn from the national team for next week's Kirin Cup tournament, and is likely to miss most of the Asian Cup because of an inflamed right knee. Meanwhile, Iraq have arrived in Amman, Jordan, on the first leg of their preparations for the Asian Cup. German Bernd Stange, whose reluctance to enter Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation in the country resulted in his contract being severed, has been replaced by Adnan Hamd, who coached the under-23 side through the qualification for the Olympics and is taking the same squad as he'll use in Athens to the tournament in China.