The St Eunan’s player has been struggling with the ankle injury that forced him off in the Ulster final and his place, as then, is taken by Martin McElhinney.
Neil Gallagher also holds onto his midfield place, which means there is no spot for Kevin Rafferty, although there is speculation that Donegal may yet feature some late changes.
There was an injury scare over full-forward Michael Murphy when he did not train last Tuesday night due to a hamstring twinge, but he has been passed fit to start and Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy is included on the bench after a recent knee injury.
Opponents Kildare have made one change also, bringing in Brian Flanagan to replace Gary White at wing-back.
Not surprisingly, James Kavanagh has retained his starting spot in attack and captain John Doyle is again selected at midfield.