After two goals early in the Qualifying Final against Hawthorn in 2011, Menzel ruptured his ACL, robbing him of a place in the Cats Premiership weeks later. His return to football in 2012 was cruelly ended by an ACL injury on his other knee. The pre season of 2013 was going very well for Daniel when again he was struck down with a third ACL injury, Daniel tried LARS to reconstruct his knee and had been progressing very well with a view to play in the early rounds of 2013, unfortunately re injuring his knee in training. He missed season 2013 after undergoing a 4th knee reconstruction, but was finally able to play again for Geelong in 2015 against Collingwood in a fairy tale return to Senior Football where he was able to kick 4 goals. 2016 showed why Menzel is so highly regarded at Geelong where he was able to put together 18 games and kick 33 goals as a dangerous half forward.