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Bologna midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata, who moved from Italian first division rival Parma on a six-month loan deal last week, missed Tuesday’s league match against Empoli due to an aching lower back.

Bologna coach Carlo Mazzone decided against fielding Nakata on the advice of team doctor Giovanbattista Sisca after the Japan captain complained of pain following practice on Sunday. Bologna prevailed 2-1 in a come-from-behind victory at home.

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