With Sheffield Wednesday being the 13th game since the New Year, Mark Bowen's side have been handed a rare week without a midweek game.
But Bowen insists this week is vital to get right, by balancing the recovery of the team with the training on the pitch. With another congested two weeks on the way, which will see the Royals play five games; Bowen is well aware of the importance of this period of time.
"It’s important to manage this week well, balancing the rest and the work on the training ground we do," said the boss. "The league is challenging which we all know, but it is how we cope this week that will determine the Leeds game and further.
"After the Leeds game, we have five games in just over two weeks, so we go right back into it. But it’s good to get that respite, both mentally and physically."
Away trips to Leeds United and Birmingham, and Madejski matchdays against Wigan Athletic, Barnsley, and Premier League outfit Sheffield United in the Emirates FA Cup all await the Royals between the 22nd February and 7th March.
"It’s hard for the staff and the players, with the messaging we all get with a game every three or four days.
"I’ve moaned about not having enough time on the training ground! But I still have that decision on how much we do on the training ground and how much time off they get."