Jack Grealish cut his eye on the play-off trophy after Aston Villa v Derby County

Aston Villa v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final

Last year saw Aston Villa suffer play-off final heartache at the hands of Fulham, losing 1-0 at Wembley.

However, this season told a completely different story.

Villa were back in the final but this time they did manage to clinch promotion back to the Premier League, beating Derby County 2-1.

Anwar El Ghazi bagged the opener just before half-time before John McGinn doubled their lead just shy of the hour mark.

Jack Marriott did manage to pull one back for Derby late on but Dean Smith’s side held on to end their three-year stay in the Championship.

The victory sparked jubilant scenes, but the celebrations got a bit too wild for Villa skipper Jack Grealish.

After making their way up the famous Wembley steps, the lifelong Villa fan stood alongside James Chester as they both prepared to lift the trophy together.

However, Grealish got a bit too close for comfort with the silverware as it swung against his face, leaving a cut on his eyebrow.

Aston Villa v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final

In good spirits, he went on to tell Sky Sports: “We shared the trophy, Ches (Chester) gave me a little nudge and struck the trophy on my eyebrow, it slit my eyebrow open.”

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Grealish has progressed through the youth ranks at Villa and this achievement will mean more to him than most.

Since making his debut in 2014, the midfielder has also gone on to make over 100 appearances for his boyhood club as well as picking up the captaincy along the way.

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