Donaghy, who is struggling with a groin injury, has not played in 2014 and will not feature in tomorrow’s clash with Westmeath (Cusack Park, Mullingar, 3pm) or next week against Cork.
“Kieran’s injury has been frustrating,” Fitzmaurice said.
“He figured and we all figured he would be back a bit sooner, but it was not to be. He is still rehabbing away, he is coming back, but we are just not going to put a date on it. He is progressing and he will not have enough football played, to be back for the Cork game anyway.
“When he will be up to speed for full training remains to be seen, but he definitely hasn’t enough football played to be considered for the Cork game at this stage. However, he is progressing, he is going in the right direction, and he will get there, so there is no panic with it, we will get him right but we must be patient.”
Declan O’Sullivan is due back for the Cork game, however, and another Kieran, Dr Crokes’ O’Leary, comes into the side as captain as one of two changes since the win over Kildare. He is at left half-forward, replacing clubmate Daithí Casey, who scored three points against the Lilywhites. Jonathan Lyne comes in for Donnchadh Walsh on the other wing.
Kildare have made a number of changes for their clash with Derry in Celtic Park (2pm) as they bid to get out of the relegation places. Gary White now anchors the defence from centre-back with David Hyland coming at corner-back as Hugh McGrillen moves to the wing. Hugh Lynch partners Tommy Moolick at midfield instead of White. Mikey Conway comes in at centre-forward, Seán Hurley losing out.