Carlton star Chris Judd says he's in contention to make his return from a knee injury in Sunday's elimination final.

The former skipper has missed the Blues' past three games with a medial ligament injury, which it was initially feared would end his season.

But he said on Sunday he liked his chances of returning for Sunday's MCG clash against Richmond.

"I'm feeling good so I expect to be putting my hand up," Judd told the Seven Network's AFL Game Day.

That's more good news for Carlton, who have pulled off one of AFL history's great escape acts to reach the finals.

First, Tuesday night's finals disqualification of Essendon kept Carlton's season alive.

Then the Blues almost blew their chance when they trailed Port Adelaide by 39 points on Sunday, before surging home to win by a point in a game even coach Mick Malthouse admitted felt like robbery.

"I'm very proud of them, it was a great effort, so looking forward to next week," Judd said.

Fellow midfielder Brock McLean will also be pushing for a return after missing the Power clash with a quad injury.

McLean was a match-winner for the Blues in their comeback win over Richmond in round 21.