Townsend was omitted from the squad for the game against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday and has been the subject of two bids from Southampton. But both have been rejected even with the south coast club offering as much as £12 million for the England international.
"He is in my plans. He's in the squad [for Limassol]," Pochettino said.
"It is impossible to have only 11 players in the squad - you need 24 or 25. We have to play a lot of games and it is possible you play today, then don't play in the next Premier League game - but the most important thing is understanding that we need to choose for the games."
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