Revealing the possibility, Alan Pardew says:
"It has crossed my mind because I want him to continue playing - but we will see.
"It is in my thinking, but it would have to fit the right criteria."
Anton, who has been injured of late, is included in the reserve side to face Charlton on Tuesday, and Alan adds:
"The reserves play tonight and in the last couple of games we have had younger sides as we were keeping the more senior players back.
"But there are a few playing against Charlton and we would like to think we would give a good account of ourselves."