Happier times for Cats forward Daniel Menzel after he kicked his fifth goal against Collingwood, 2 September 2011.

Happier times for Cats forward Daniel Menzel after he kicked his fifth goal against Collingwood, 2 September 2011. Photo: Paul Rovere PTR

Geelong fears young forward Daniel Menzel has sustained a serious knee injury in just his first match back since returning from a knee reconstruction.

Menzel, 20, was playing his first match today since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in Geelong’s qualifying final against Hawthorn last year.

He returned via the Cats’ VFL side against North Ballarat at Simonds Stadium but this time has hurt his left knee.
He was taken from the field on a motorised stretcher.

The Cats were concerned Menzel had again seriously hurt himself.

"Daniel Menzel has sustained a left knee injury," the Cats said on Twitter.

"More won’t be know until he consults a surgeon which will be the next step. Incredibly sad news but he will bounce back. Isn’t the knee he did last year.

"Wasn’t tackled or contact, picked up ball and handballed off."

Menzel has played 21 games for the Cats and recently re-signed with the club until the end of 2014.