Wales coach Warren Gatland has assured Bradley Davies that there will be no consequences if he chooses not to make his first RBS 6 Nations start in next Friday's clash with France.
The 23-year-old, who has been on a leave of absence following the death of his mother, was due to replace the injured Alun Wyn Jones in the starting line-up.
And Gatland has urged him to spend time with his family until he feels fit to return to the squad.
He said: "I have told Bradley that we fully understand that his focus is on this sad loss and his absence from any of our sessions will not count against his continued inclusion in the Six Nations squad.
"I will announce the team to play France on Monday and I have informed Bradley that he will be selected in the starting XV.
“His initial view is that his mother would be extremely proud of that and he wants to play any part he is selected for. I will fully understand if he and his family come to any other decision.
"It is important that Bradley spends time with his family to come to terms with their loss.
“We are extremely close as a squad and Bradley knows if he wants to be with the boys, we will welcome him. Equally we will understand if he needs to be away from the training park."