After two terrific wins, the international period comes at an awkward time for the Royals as it halts the climb up the table.
Many players remain at Hogwood, but others link up with their national sides with various things at stake over the long weekend.
But Reading gaffer Jaap Stam knows that it offers an opportunity to tweak a few things in training and work hard to get as many players into the squad as possible ahead of next Saturday’s fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers – the Championship’s pace-makers in the opening months.
“You lose certain players, which makes it more difficult to train in certain things, but we need to get players fit and back into the squad as well,” he said.
“And for the players who do stay here, we will work to try and improve them, improve ourselves and eventually everyone will come back together in the second week and we can hopefully perform against Wolves again.
“If you win a couple of games in a row, you want to keep on playing and get the momentum going. But it’s true that if you have certain injuries that you need to have time to bring them back into the squad as well.
“Wolves are a very good side – they spent quite a few pounds to get a few players in, and they have a good physique and work-rate as a team. They combine that with quality to make it difficult for everybody… we’ll be facing a very strong team in couple of weeks. But we’re a strong team as well and we have confidence in what we can do against them.”