The midfielder was forced out of St Eunan’s All County League clash with Ardara last weekend after injuring an ankle.
The Letterkenny teacher sustained partial tears to two ligaments on his left ankle and has been receiving intensive treatment in a bid to have him available to face the Oak Leaf.
“He’s making good progress and we’re hopeful he’ll be available for the Derry game,” manager Jim McGuinness told The Irish Times.
Kavanagh is due to meet a surgeon in Dublin on Thursday and it is hoped he will be back in training next Tuesday night – four days before Donegal face Derry.
Kavanagh was joined in having a watching brief at training last week by Paddy McGrath. The corner-back has a quad injury, but should be fit for the game.
David Walsh has a calf problem, but he too should be okay – as should Anthony Thompson who tweaked a hamstring last week.
McGuinness was pleased to welcome team captain Michael Murphy back to training last week.
He said: “Michael is back out on the field but it will take him some time to get back up to the level of the other players as he’s been out now for nine weeks.”