The Royals made it to the Championship play-off final in 2016-17 but they have struggled for form this term and currently sit 18th in the table.
Injuries have certainly played their part in the poor start with the likes of Yann Kermogant, Stephen Quinn and Garath McCleary all spending time on the sidelines, while Jordan Obita has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Stam is hopeful of having some of his key players back after the international break, which he insists has come at the perfect time.
"If you’re winning a couple of games in a row, you want to keep on playing, keep that momentum going," he said.
"But with the injuries we’ve got, now we have some time to work on getting some of those players back.
"The players can have a couple of days off, some will go away with their countries, others who are in we will work with within the system and the injured players we’ll work with to try and get them fitter."