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Bow and arrow blow: Port excitement machine in doubt for crucial clash

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PORT Adelaide excitement machine Xavier Duursma is in doubt for the Power's season-defining clash against North Melbourne with a foot injury.

AFL.com.au understands the 19-year-old has been battling a bruised heel and been kept to restricted duties at Alberton this week.

The Power are expected to give the wingman every chance to prove his fitness before the clash on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium.

Xavier Duursma chases down a Nat Fyfe kick earlier this year. Picture: AFL Photos

However should Duursma miss, it would be a blow to the eighth-placed Power's chances as they attempt to keep their finals destiny in their own hands.

Since being left out of the Power line-up in round 17 Duursma has averaged 22 disposals from four outings.

Power defender Ryan Burton is expected to return from a four-week hamstring injury to face the Roos, having suffered multiple complications this season.

Small forward Zak Butters is also in the frame for selection after he was a late withdrawal last week with a sternum injury, while Steven Motlop is pushing for a recall after five goals in the SANFL.

Mid-season draftee Cam Sutcliffe has a fight on his hands to retain his spot after playing the past five matches.