BRYCE Gibbs will be sidelined until after the bye due to a back injury, but Carlton is set to regain a host of big names for Saturday's clash with Adelaide at the MCG.

Skipper Marc Murphy and Chris Judd, plus injury-plagued big man Matthew Kreuzer, could return for the bottom-placed Blues.

But reigning best and fairest Gibbs won't be risked this week, with Carlton then having the bye in round 11 before facing the Western Bulldogs.

Match preview: Blues v Crows

"Bryce's back is still a bit stiff and sore – he won't be playing against Adelaide – he'll be back after the bye," head of football Andrew McKay told Carlton's website.

"Marc Murphy's calf stiffened up a week ago, so we didn't want to risk him against Sydney.

"He's certainly training OK this week, so we'll have to see how he's like at the end of the week and test him, but we're pretty confident that he'll be in the team to play Adelaide this week."

Judd is "very likely to return" for the Crows clash after a bout of knee soreness, while Kreuzer is in the mix for his first senior game since round one last year.

The former No.1 draft pick suffered another foot fracture during the pre-season, but has played three games in the VFL and collected 20 touches and laid five tackles in a loss to Box Hill last Sunday.

"He did very well, played most of the game and played a lot in the ruck as well, which was great to see," McKay said.

"Certainly he's put his name up for senior selection this week, so we'll just have to see how it pans out for him."

In more positive news for interim coach John Barker ahead of his second game in charge, young gun Troy Menzel (knee) and Chris Yarran (rolled ankle) are also expected to be fit after suffering injuries in last Friday night's loss to the Sydney Swans.