'He's only played 30 minutes in England and 50 minutes with us since his injury' China coach Arie Haan will resist the temptation to throw Everton midfielder Li Tie straight into the fray for tomorrow's do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong. Haan recalled the 27-year-old for the first time since the England-based midfielder broke his leg during a training-camp accident in Sanshui, Guangdong, in February, but said using him from the start would be asking too much. 'He still needs some time to rediscover his co-ordination,' the Dutchman said. 'He's only played half an hour in England and 50 minutes with us since his injury. His ankle of course is still a little stiff too. He'll be in the squad, but surely he won't be starting. It's not good for him; it's a little too difficult, although he did give me a good impression in the 50 minutes he played.' Those 50 minutes were in one of two training matches played against local Division One club Guangzhou Sunray's second team. China won 4-1 and 5-0, neither of which met the target set out by Chinese FA officials of six goals against Hong Kong to have a chance of overhauling Group Four leaders Kuwait's two-goal advantage. Haan, however, refuses to get drawn into a numbers game, despite the fact that failure will automatically mean the termination of his contract. 'We need six goals because Kuwait are going to score five? You never know what will happen,' he said. 'We have to win the game first. You can't say we'll score five, six or seven. We have to make sure we win. There's more pressure on Kuwait. Before their game starts they've qualified. They can only lose.' Meanwhile, Hong Kong's footballers stepped off a train and into the spotlight when they arrived in the Guangdong capital yesterday. Their response to the army of reporters awaiting their arrival was to rock back and laugh. 'Over 100 waiting outside the station; it's crazy. It's the first time we've been this popular - crazy,' said Hong Kong coach Kenny Lai Sun-cheung. 'I think it's crazy. It's funny. For Hong Kong this match is nothing - win, lose or draw we can't go through to the second round. It's all about China. It's very cloudy.' Lai's players were remarkably relaxed, perhaps because Guangzhou is a familiar destination both for the annual Interport Cup encounters and for training camps and friendly matches. 'I don't know why there were so many reporters, it's just a game,' said Hong Kong captain Lee Wai-man mischievously. 'It's only one game. No pressure. The pressure's all on China, not Hong Kong,' he added before quietly chiding the mainland for the result that has put them in their current predicament. 'Losing to Kuwait?' he asked rhetorically. 'They're not even near the top in Asia. 'Losing to Iran? OK, but not Kuwait. Even Oman are at a higher level than them now.' Hong Kong quickly settled into their city centre hotel, where an entire floor has been put aside for them because of security fears. They trained, slightly later than planned, at the remarkable Yuexiesan Stadium, which along with the Tianhe Stadium where tomorrow's match will be played, is home to the Guangzhou club. Kenny Lai declared himself happy with the squad's frame of mind, adding that the hurried preparations after a weekend of league matches might work in Hong Kong's favour. 'There's no time for them to think, while China have been nervy and under pressure from the moment they started training a week ago,' he said. Unbelievably, for the first time since the Hong Kong 'national' team reformed two years ago, Lai did not have his habitual moan about the players' lack of fitness. 'The league's been better this season. The speed of the game has been very fast,' said the man who is known among his peers by a nickname that translates as 'never satisfied'.