Chelsea’s Millie Bright left with eyebrow wound after FA Cup trophy hits face

Chelsea defender Millie Bright was left clutching her face in pain after what was supposed to be a moment of joy following their FA Cup final domination over Arsenal.

The Blues defender helped Emma Hayes' side to a 3-0 victory in the culmination of the delayed 2020/21 competition, which handed them a treble alongside the Women's Super League title and League Cup from last season.

Sam Kerr scored twice in 20 second-half minutes following Fran Kirby's third minute opener, and it was vice-captain Bright who was given the honour of lifting the trophy alongside skipper Magdalena Eriksson.

As the victorious Chelsea side enjoyed the ecstasy of the trophy lift in front of 40,000 fans at the national stadium, Bright was left in agony following an unfortunate accident.

Bright, who was named in the FIFA FIFPro Women's World 11 for 2020, was struck with the flying lid of the famous cup after it became dislodged following the vigorous thrust into the air.

The 28-year-old kept one hand on the trophy as she clutched her eyebrow with the other, and later needed medical attention as blood began to gush down her face.

Ignoring the unfortunate injury following the fixture, Bright told her Twitter followers: "We love you all."

Hayes will be hoping that her reliable central defender will be fine to play against Juventus in their Champions League clash on Wednesday having hailed her side's performance on Sunday.

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"I thought we got it spot-on," Hayes told BBC One.

"We predicted what they were going to do – and they did what we thought they were going to do. We’ve painted Wembley blue, it’s certainly a Chelsea day today and our performance was absolutely superb.

"To think we are treble winners, it is an amazing achievement – you can’t ask any more from the players and I am extremely proud of them, the staff and the club.

"We have built this team over a long period of time and I think today we showed why we are champions."

With star player Kirby adding: "It’s amazing. We worked so hard after the international break so make sure we got it tactically right. Second half we sat off a little bit more but I think we blew them away first half especially.

"My goal settled our nerves a little bit. When you’re through on goal its a stressful situation but I managed to stay composed and put it in but it was a magnificent performance from everyone – keeping a clean sheet in the final is amazing.

"Overall I think we deserved to win and could have cored a few more goals. It’s a massive day for women’s football. Today was about not forgetting the trailblazers who helped us get here.

"Hopefully the performance today made everyone proud and hopefully more people want to get involved in women’s football."

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