SIMON FINNIGAN has been ruled out for six weeks.

The 27-year-old Giants back-rower was forced off the field with a knee injury three minutes into the second half of Huddersfield’s 16-12 Super League triumph at Odsal on Friday night.

But coach Nathan Brown has confirmed a first league win at Odsal in 40 years was achieved at some cost.

As well as former Bradford man Finnigan being ruled out until the middle of April, stand-off Kevin Brown is rated at 50-50 to face Hull in Friday’s home clash (8pm).

Galpharm chief Brown is obviously keeping his fingers crossed his half-back recovers in time to take his place in the side as the Giants look to make it three wins from four Super League XIV starts.

But he is already starting to make plans to cover for the loss of Finnigan, who has made such a positive impact since arriving from the Bulls for the start of the 2009 campaign.

“Losing him for six weeks is a blow, especially after Eorl Crabtree was ruled out for a similar length of time with a hamstring injury two weeks earlier,” said Brown, who expects to have his other 15 Giants heroes from Friday available.

“Simon has fitted in well here and was making a very positive impression, and we’ll definitely miss him.

“But this is the chance for someone else to step up and take their chance, and we’re already thinking about the options we have available.

“It’s a bit different when it comes to who’ll play at half-back at the moment, because we’re still hoping Kevin recovers in time to play.”