Second-year winger Nick DeLeon has a grade two hamstring strain and has been ruled out for about the next six weeks, the club announced on Tuesday. DeLeon suffered the injury 31 minutes into Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew, which was D.C.'s first loss at RFK Stadium in 20 matches.
D.C. has only scored two goals in four matches (1-2-1) this season, and DeLeon factored into 10 goals last season, accounting for six goals and four assists as a rookie. DeLeon was replaced by 23-year-old Canadian Kyle Porter in the loss to Columbus, and Porter figures to see an increase in playing time in DeLeon's absence.
The injury timetable given by the club means that DeLeon could be set to return around the beginning of May, when D.C. faces Texas foes Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas back-to-back on May 8 and 11, respectively.