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Orlando City centerback Alex De John out ‘a couple weeks, minimum’ with hamstring injury

Orlando City SC defender Alex De John (3) and New York City FC midfielder Alexandru Mitrita (28) play for the ball during the first half of a soccer match at Orlando City Stadium. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

SANFORD, Fla. — Orlando City centerback Alex De John, a starter during three of the Lions’ first four games of the season, suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Red Bulls and will be out “a couple weeks, minimum,” according to head coach James O’Connor. 

O’Connor provided an updated on the centerback on Wednesday. De John is in his first season with the Lions and started against NYCFC, the Chicago Fire and the Red Bulls. He was subbed off in the 66th minute of the match against the Red Bulls. 

“I mean, obviously, sore,” O’Connor said about De John. “I mean, I really feel for him because he’s who has come in, he’s worked hard throughout the preseason. It looks like it’ll be a hamstring. So it’s not great news.”

When asked about a timetable for De John’s return, O’Connor said, “It’s difficult. We’re certainly looking at a couple of weeks, minimum. But, I think it’ll be a few weeks. I think we’re still trying to figure out the full extent of it, but he’s definitely going to be out for a period of time.” 

Two players who recently returned to training are midfielder Will Johnson and forward Tesho Akindele. Johnson was going through concussion protocol and Akindele is working his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered against the Chicago Fire. 

“Will should be coming through that protocol,” O’Connor said. “He should be finishing up with that. Tesho had done the warm-up [Tuesday]. I think he’ll do the warm-up. He’s getting close. We just need to be careful. He’s only doing the warm-up. I think he’s still sort of trying to get through things.” 

Orlando City (1-1-2, 5 points) hosts D.C. United (2-0-1, 7 points) at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

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