Ryan Giggs insists he will take no risks over the fitness of Gareth Bale, despite the commercial pressures to play the Real Madrid forward at the China Cup.
Bale linked up with the Wales squad in Nanning late on Tuesday afternoon local time after scoring in Real's 6-3 LaLiga win over Girona on Sunday night.
The 28-year-old is expected to play some part in today's opener against tournament hosts China - possibly from the bench - as Giggs takes charge of Wales for the first time.
He was asked if there were financial pressures to play Bale - it is understood the Football Association of Wales would lose £100,000 of their reported £1million participation fee if he did not feature in the tournament
Bale had another flavour of the superstar lifestyle that Giggs was used to in his Manchester United playing days when he arrived in Nanning following an exhausting 16-hour journey from London.
Camera crews and excited fans greeted his arrival to endorse his status, alongside Barcelona's Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, as the tournament's star attraction.
Giggs will assess how his players have coped individually with jet-lag and the eight-hour time difference before finalising selection for the tournament opener at the 60,000-capacity Guangxi Sports Center.
But he plans to use as many of his 23-man squad as he is allowed to, with a third place or final to come against the Czech Republic or Uruguay on Monday.