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Young AFL star prepared for more surgery
Roger Vaughan
16:41 AEST Fri Apr 26 2013

Young Geelong star Daniel Menzel is prepared to go through a fourth knee reconstruction to continue his AFL career.

The Cats are seeking advice on the 21-year-old's treatment options after the latest setback to his career.

Geelong football manager Neil Balme stressed no decisions had been made and Menzel would consider all his options.

Menzel's left knee gave way last weekend in the VFL, the second comeback match after his latest surgery.

Scans confirmed the LARS graft in the knee had snapped.

"He's happy to go down the path of actually getting himself right to play again," Balme told AAP.

"It's still very much up in the air as to how it's done, what's possible.

"We will put it all on the table so Daniel particularly knows what his options are."

The good news for Menzel is that apart from the damage to the anterior cruciate ligaments, his knees are in good shape.

Menzel has needed reconstructions to the left and right knees.

"At his age and the capability he has, if we can get the knee right, clearly he should expect a relatively normal career," Balme said of the talented youngster.

"Quite often, when people do those really serious knee (injuries), they wreck everything.

"Some blokes will have arthritic issues, for example.

"He doesn't have any of that, effectively.

"His knees are quite good - they're not perfect, obviously, because he's had a bit of work done on them."

Former Geelong player Max Rooke once had treatment in Germany for a persistent knee injury.

Balme said they would consider overseas advice for Menzel, but doubted it would be necessary.

He noted that Melbourne has a strong international reputation for knee surgery.

Menzel's latest injury was devastating for the Cats, with coach Chris Scott calling the confirmation of the rupture one of the toughest days of his football career.

Balme said Menzel was bearing up well.

"He's very good, really," he said.

"Obviously he's traumatised, to a degree, because that stuff happens and he thinks 'how did that happen? I wasn't expecting that'.

"He's a pretty strong-minded kid.

"But we have to be really careful with him and look after him."


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