EMERGING forward Todd Marshall is in danger of missing the rest of the home and away season after fracturing his thumb in Port Adelaide's loss to St Kilda on Saturday night.

The 21-year-old underwent surgery on Sunday and is expected to miss around six weeks.

EIGHT THINGS WE LEARNED The Power might not be the AFL's best team

It leaves him in a race against time to feature again before finals with the final nine games of the season expected to fall in seven or eight weeks. 

Marshall has played all eight games for the Power this year and fitted in seamlessly alongside Coleman Medal contender Charlie Dixon. 

In order to fill Marshall's void, the Power could swing Justin Westhoff back into attack after he was a late inclusion and played in defence against the Saints

HINKLEY Lack of toughness behind Power failure

Scott Lycett (knee) will be considered to play in a double ruck combination with Peter Ladhams if he can overcome injury, while key forward recruit Wylie Buzza is another option.

More to come