D.C. United had planned to be without defender Dejan Jakovic for two to four weeks because of international commitments. Instead, the club will miss him for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Jakovic, a starting center back on an improving backline, was injured last week during Canada’s friendly against Ecuador, a tuneup for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Because of the injury, he was dropped from Canada’s roster on the eve of the country’s tournament opener Tuesday against the United States in Detroit.

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Based on the rehabilitation timetable, Jakovic will miss between four and seven MLS matches. He has started 10 league games for United, missing one because of a red card and last Friday’s match at Los Angeles while with the Canadian team.

Had he not gotten hurt, Jakovic would’ve been away as long as Canada were alive in the Gold Cup, which concludes June 25.

In his absence, rookies Perry Kitchen and Ethan White are expected to continue to form a partnership in central defense. They were paired in the 0-0 draw with the Galaxy last week.