Geelong star Daniel Menzel blames Etihad Stadium surface for injury

  • Menzel set to miss at least one week after injuring ankle on artificial turf
  • Etihad stadium management flatly rejected the Cats stars’ suggestion

Geelong forward Daniel Menzel feels the Etihad Stadium surface is partly to blame for his latest AFL injury. Menzel starred in Saturday night’s big win over North Melbourne with four goals. He played out the game despite hurting his ankle during the second quarter but will undergo scans and appears likely to miss next Saturday’s match against fellow top-four side the Western Bulldogs.

The ground surface is ringed by a narrow strip of artificial turf along the boundary and it appeared that Menzel’s foot became caught where the grass meets that fake turf. “The turf obviously goes right up to the ground. I watched it back and both my feet and boots planted into the turf,” Menzel told SEN. “I’m a little bit sore today, but hopefully it doesn’t keep me out too much.”

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