HONG KONG champions Eastern will be without top striker Dale Tempest for their crucial Asian Club Championship clash against J.Leaguers Verdy Kawasaki in Tokyo next Monday night. Tempest suffered minor damage to ligaments in his right knee during Eastern's friendly clash with the touring Singapore FA side last Friday and although he is now back in light training, he has been withdrawn as a precautionary measure. Eastern, who have a mountain to climb after losing the second round, first leg clash 2-1 at the Hong Kong Stadium last month, will also be without national defender Chan Chi-keung who suffered an ankle injury during Hong Kong's disappointing Asian Games campaign. Eastern manager Peter Leung Shou-chi is not prepared to jeopardise his side's League dreams and so has withdrawn both players from the 16-man squad for the encounter at the Olympic Stadium. Leung explained: 'I don't want to lose both of them in the coming League games. It is better for them to take a good rest in Hong Kong.' Tempest's striking role will go to Scottish targetman Ian McParland who has now recovered from a thigh strain. Despite the injury setbacks, Leung has not ruled out his side's hopes of causing a major upset. Leung rates McParland as highly as strike partner Tempest and said: 'Both Dale and Ian were the top scorers with their respective clubs last season. 'We left out Ian in the first leg against Verdy because only three expats are allowed to play.' Tempest said yesterday that he was keen to play in Japan, but accepted it was wise to follow the management's advice. 'It's unlucky for me to be hit by injury before such an important game,' he said. McParland was delighted at his unexpected chance and said: 'I saw the first leg against Verdy and some of their Japanese players were really strong. But every game is different. 'Underdogs have won before and you'll see how we can make a come back.' Meanwhile, South China defender Marcel Liesdek will face punishment for failing to return to the club before the October 1 deadline set by the Caroliners management. Liesdek, who accompanied teammate Leslie Santos to Holland where the star midfielder underwent an operation on cruciate knee ligaments last month, contacted the club last weekend and has promised to return to the territory next week. But the management found out yesterday that Liesdek had already cleared his Hong Kong apartment before he left for Holland with Santos on September 19. Some of Liesdek's friends revealed yesterday that the former Utrecht player had been suffering domestic problems and was intending to quit soccer. The management are believed to have already lined up an Australian-based central defender as a replacement for Liesdek.